After missing out on most of the premier offensive lineman on Monday, the Jets have re-signed one of their own in Alex Lewis.
The deal is a three-year deal worth $18.6 million.
#Jets are re-signing G Alex Lewis to a 3-year, $18.6M deal, per @MMehtaNYDN. Joe Douglas traded for him before the season and now brings him back for another three years.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 17, 2020
The offensive guard joins George Fant on what looks to be a much improved offensive line for the rebuilding Jets, who have become notoriously pedestrian with their pass protection which led to Sam Darnold’s poor development.
Now they look to strengthen their offensive line to bring out the best in Sam Darnold and even helping out running back Le’Veon Bell.
Lewis, 27, was acquired by the Jets before last season from the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round pick and was originally a backup. Then Kelechi Osemele, a left guard, went down with a shoulder injury and was eventually released. That opened the door for Lewis to start and he was one of the better linemen for the Jets in a disappointingly bad season.
He only started 12 games before going down with an injury in December, missing the rest of the season.
The Jets are far from done but this is a good first step to eventually form an at least league average offensive line.