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Brown will complete at offensive tackle for Mekhi Becton, who’ll likely miss the 2022 season after suffering an avulsion fracture of the proper knee cap.
Connor Hughes of SNY provided more background on Brown’s decision:
Connor Hughes @Connor_J_Hughes
Duane Brown had options outside the #Jets contending teams. He picked NY knowing playoffs may be long shot. Says a whole lot about culture Robert Saleh is building. Brown wished to come to NY.
The 36-year-old Brown is really a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro who has played for the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks during an NFL career that began in 2008.
The Jets were set to play Becton, a former Louisville star who went No. 13 overall in the 2020 NFL draft, at right tackle with George Fant starting at left tackle.
Brown has only played left tackle during his career. The logical solution is always to put Brown at left tackle and slide over Fant, who has starting experience at right tackle.
Following the Becton injury news and prior to the Brown signing, the Jets had some of right-tackle candidates in Max Mitchell, a rookie fourth-round draft choose of Louisiana-Lafayette, and four-year NFL veteran Chuma Edoga.
Adding Brown certainly provides Jets some much-needed stability at the line, that is imperative for the development and growth of second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. The promising Mitchell and the veteran Edoga supply the line the right depth aswell.
The Jets will open the growing season in the home on Sunday, Sept. 11 contrary to the Baltimore Ravens.