Former Clemson DT signs $7 million deal with Jets


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Former Clemson defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins has finalized a two-year deal with the New York Jets worth around $7 million with $3 million guaranteed according to multiple reports.

The 27-year old free agent went for a visit to the Jets' facility on Friday and contract negotiations commenced soon afterwards.

Jenkins will be an option on the defensive line with notables including Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson.

The former Daniel high school product suffered a torn ACL injury and missed his rookie season back in 2011, but rebounded to start 14 games in 2012 and had 25 tackles. In 2013 (five starts), he had two sacks and followed that up in 2014 (14 starts) with 28 tackles and no sacks. In 2015, Jenkins had his most impressive year as a pro with four sacks and 32 tackles.

In his NFL career, he has six sacks across 59 career games.

He was the #41st overall pick (2nd round) out of Clemson in the 2011 NFL draft and was named first-team All-ACC his senior season for the Tigers with 51 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback pressures.


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