To that end, the Jets are bringing OLB Antwan Barnes, formerly of the Chargers today.
In the last three years with the Chargers, Barnes accumulated 18.5 sacks in substitution work. Barnes is powerful and stoutly built linebacker with passing height for the position, but he's not advantageously tall to play the edge. Barnes has worked his way up the roster into a spot-starter, and is much better at attacking the ball carrier than dropping into coverage. Barnes can show a burst off the edge through his ability to bend and turn towards the pocket, and plays with a good pad level. Barnes speed is in much better evidence going forward than backwards.
For the Jets based on the current roster, he could immediately be penciled in as a starting OLB, probably with Ricky Sapp based on the current roster, but that could change depending on what the Jets would do in the draft. The Jets have also expressed interest in former Cowboy Victor Butler, a player who saw time behind the starting OLBs in Dallas ... in which there's no great shame in that. Butler travels first to Pittsburgh though, so he might be a tough sell for the Jets.