BY DAN BEGNOCHE
In a frugal effort to bolster the pass rush, the New York Jets signed former Rex Ryan student and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes Monday to a three-year, $4 million contract, according to Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger. (photo: Nathan Rupert, Flickr)
Barnes is the fourth player with injury issues Idzik has signed on the cheap this offseason. He’ll be used to fill the void left by Calvin Pace's departure.
He’s shown that he can be potent in the right role (11 sacks, 34 tackles in 2011), but New York will need another strong body on the outside to round out the position.
Barnes missed his last three games with the San Diego Chargers in 2012 via injured reserve. Before his stint out west, the 28-year-old was under Ryan’s defense while with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Jets also re-signed long snapper Tanner Purdum on Monday to a two-year deal, this per Rich Cimini at ESPN. The team was ultimately able to sign the reliable three-year starter for a longer deal at a reduced price rather than placing the $1.32 million tender on him
Other Idzik acquisitions this offseason that have had injury problems in the past, include quarterback David Garrard, defensive lineman Antonio Garay and offensive lineman Willie Colon.
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