Defensive end/outside linebacker Dante Fowler, a pass rusher the Jets could have targeted in free agency, will re-sign with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced.
Fowler, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, recorded 30 combined tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 games with the Jaguars and Rams this season. The contract is reportedly for one year, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.
The Jets were pursuing Fowler both last preseason and prior to the NFL trade deadline. They offered quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in a potential trade with the Jaguars before the season began, but Jacksonville declined.
Jacksonville ultimately dealt Fowler to the Rams for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-rounder. The Jets reportedly offered picks in those same rounds but also wanted a fourth-rounder in return.
Fowler, 24, has appeared in 47 games over the past three seasons, totaling 83 combined tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
New York has actively looked to pursue a pass rusher, scouring the market before free agency begins.
Fowler was one of several pass rushers the Jets could target. Others include former Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers and former Cardinals DE/OLB Markus Golden.