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Jets Bring Aboard DE Jarvis Jenkins

Signs with Green & White After Starting with Redskins, Enjoying Best Season Last Year with Bears


The Jets have signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, who, like Brandon Marshall last season and Matt Forte earlier this month, played most recently for the Bears before becoming a member of the Green & White.

Jenkins (6'4", 315) entered the NFL as Washington's second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury, then played the next three seasons for the Redskins (missing the first four games of the '13 season due to an NFL suspension). He logged two sacks in 44 games (33 starts).

He left Washington for Chicago as a UFA last year on a one-year contract and enjoyed his best pro season with career highs in starts (15), tackles (32), sacks (four) and QB hits (11).

Jenkins, who turns 28 next month, told the Chicago Tribune a year ago that free agency didn't go exactly the way he had hoped but that he landed with the Bears and he was going to take advantage of that opportunity. We think he'll have the same mindset as a Jet as he did last year, when he said:

"I am ready to get to work. It's just another motivation for me. ... I know what kind of player I am and I am very confident. I've never doubted myself and I never will. Once I get on that field, it is all going to take care of itself."

Jenkins tweeted about his signing with the Jets and noted for Green & White fans that he and S Marcus Gilchrist were roommates during their Clemson days.

Clemson Product Drafted by Washing Redskins in 2011

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