Free Agency

Jets sign DT Sheldon Rankins

Admin - March 21, 2021

The New York Jets have agreed to terms with DT Sheldon Rankins, a former 1st round pick who spent his entire 5-year career with the Saints. Rankins, 27, was 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He had a great year in 2018 when he recorded career high 8.0 sacks and 40 tackles (26 solo). He suffered a torn Achilles in the playoffs that year and has been plagued by injuries ever since. Rankins was on injured reserve in both 2019 and 2020 with ankle and knee injuries. He started in only 1 game last two seasons and recorded 3.5 sacks.

Rankins' contract is reported to be a 2-year deal worth $17M. His addition gives the Jets another starting-caliber defensive lineman for the their new 4-3 front. Rankins will join Quinnen Williams and Folorunso Fatukasi as the team's top defensive tackles.