Free agent offensive tackle Duane Brown, a five-time Pro Bowler, visited the Jets on Saturday, a source confirmed.
Brown has started every game for the Seahawks for the past two seasons, but he remains a free agent. The Jets look for depth in the tackle behind George Fant and Mekhi Becton. Brown visited the Jets and stayed for the Green and White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.
Brown, who turns 37 on August 30, made it to the Pro Bowl last year as a replacement for an injury. He has started every game for the past two years and has only missed four games in the past four seasons. Brown was a first-round pick of the Texans in 2008, made four Pro Bowls during his decade in Houston, and was first-team All-Pro in 2012. He was second-team All-Pro in 2018 with the Seahawks.
The Jets had Reilly Reiff for a visit in June, but he signed with the Bears. Currently, Chuma Edoga and Conor McDermott are the back tackles for the Jets.
Head coach Robert Saleh has enjoyed reuniting with defensive tackle Solomon Thomas, who played for him in San Francisco.
“He is the epitome of ‘All Gas’,” Saleh said. “He’s great. His work ethic, exemplary – OTAs, we have a bowling outing as a team, we come back and he goes straight to the gym. He’s constantly trying to improve himself, trying to improve the people around him. He’s constant but 100 miles per hour all he has leaves nothing in the tank he is a undersized boy but when you watch him play he plays with so much explosiveness and power he is not moved very often im just very happy that he is here.”
Third-year back La’Mical Perine is buried on the depth chart behind Michael Carter, Breece Hall, Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson. However, Saleh didn’t like it when someone called him the forgotten man.
“I don’t think he’s forgotten because he showed up too,” Saleh said. “He’s really in shape. He looks really good. He’s come a long way too. He’s a go-getter. If I wanted to talk to you about Perine, he’s a go-getter. He understands the script much better. He does better in terms of protection which was a big part of it a year ago When his pads are forward and he moves he’s very hard to take down That group is in a very, very, very competitive state which concerns the fact that they are all putting something on the table.”