The Jets and OL Alex Lewis have agreed to a three-year deal worth $18.6 million with $6 million guaranteed, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Tuesday.
Joe Douglas struck a trade with the Ravens last season to land Lewis in one of his first moves as the Jets' new GM. And he liked what he saw from the 27-year-old, enough to keep him around for a few more seasons.
Lewis played in 15 games for Gang Green with 12 starts. He primarily played at left guard next to Kelvin Beachum, who was at left tackle. However, Lewis has some tackle experience that could be put to use if need be.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is also hearing that the Jets are engaged in talks with former Panthers guard Greg Van Roten, who could very well work at the opposite guard position if a deal gets done. With George Fant also on board at either tackle position, the Jets could be primed to draft a top tackle prospect with that No. 11 overall pick to continue their O-line overhaul.
It may not be the one Douglas envisioned, though, as players like Jack Conklin, Graham Glasgow, and others found their way to different teams on day one of free agency. Still, it would be a big improvement from the group last season that was at the bottom of the pack.
In Lewis, the Jets keep a versatile option on their line that played solid once he took over in a starting capacity. But the work certainly isn't done for Douglas. This is simply another hole filled on a very porous line.