The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.
The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.
Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The Packers initially announced they'd stand behind Pennel, but they changed their mind in January and released him. The Jets claimed him right after the Super Bowl, but he was scheduled to be a restricted free agent in March and they chose not to tender him.
Pennel has one sack in 37 games over three seasons with the Packers. Interestingly, the troubled player was suspended twice in college too -- both times during his junior year, right after he transferred from Scottsdale Community College to Arizona State. The first time was for an unspecified violation of team rules. The second time came when he went on a Twitter rant after he was benched where he claimed his coach "disrespected me on national television."
He presumably will be on a very short leash this offseason and summer with the Jets.