While the big name free agent imports are garnering all of the attention among Jets fans, two minor moves by Joe Douglas will be aimed at adding some depth on both offense and defense.
Douglas re-signed running back Tevin Coleman on day one of free agency before locking up defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd on day two.
The #Jets are re-signing DT Nathan Shepherd, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2022
Coleman missed time due to injury in 2021 and played in just 11 games (5 starts), averaging 4.2 yards per carry. In all likelihood, Coleman will be penciled in as the teams third running back behind Michael Carter and another player the Jets add through the draft.
Breakdown of Tevin Coleman's contract:
One year, $1.5M, including $650K gtd
Signing bonus: $250K
Base: $1.25M ($400K gtd)
Coleman played only 11 Gs last year and gets a raise. Made $1.1M last year, including $400K gtd. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 15, 2022
Shepherd, a rare Mike Maccagnan holdover, comes back as the team has little to no depth along the defensive line. He did pick up a career high 28 tackles (17 solo) and tied a personal best with 8 quarterback hits. The biggest knock on Shepherd was his lack of discipline, picking up a whopping six penalties on the season after being flagged just four times in the previous three seasons combined.