Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pace on third contract with Jets in as many years


Calvin Pace was one of the New York Jets' bigger-name free agent signings -- sans Brett Favre -- in the 2008 offseason.

This offseason, he's far from a big name. But he's a familiar one.

The Jets re-signed the veteran outside linebacker Sunday to a two-year deal worth $5 million, as first reported by Pro Football Talk and confirmed by multiple media outlets.

It's his third different contract in as many years.

Pace amassed a career-high 10 sacks last season on a one-year deal, as the Jets released and re-signed him last offseason to avoid a massive salary cap charge. He was obviously on his game in 2013 but benefited largely from the emergence and dominance of the Jets' young defensive line.

The 33-year-old will jockey with the returning Antwan Barnes for playing time opposite Quinton Coples, though the Jets may very well draft a linebacker early to challenge the two for the primary spot.

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