The New York Jets re-signed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana as part of their plan to replace the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson, the team announced.
The Jets also acquired Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos to bolster their offensive line. Ijalana's deal is for one year worth $840,000 with $150,000 guaranteed, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
Previous reports (April 8)
The New York Jets plan to re-sign offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, according to the Associated Press' Dennis Waszak Jr., as part of their contingency plan to replace D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who retired on Friday.
Ijalana, who visited with the New York Giants earlier this week, had been with the Jets since 2013.
He would likely compete with LT Brent Qvale for the starting position, according to Waszak.
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Ijalana is unlikely to be a full-time replacement option for the Jets, who presumably will still look at the trade market as well as the early rounds of the draft to find their future starter. However, he's been on the roster as a back-up for a long time - despite hardly getting any playing time - so it makes sense for the Jets to re-sign him and bolster their depth.
Ijalana was a high draft pick and looked really good early on in his career with the Colts, but has never really got back to that level since the major knee issues he dealt with in his first few seasons.
An Ijalana-Qvale competition for the starting left tackle role would have the rest of the league licking their lips at the prospect of facing the Jets because that's two players with very little playing experience in the past couple of years. After all, Ijalana clearly wasn't widely sought after in free agency if it's taken until now for him to sign with a team.