Jets signing former first-round pick Javon Kinlaw to one-year deal

The Jets have beefed up an already strong defensive line, adding DT Javon Kinlaw on a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kinlaw was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first-round of the 2020 draft, and he played his rookie season under Gang Green's head coach Robert Saleh.

That just happened to be one of the 26-year-old's most productive campaigns, which is exactly why Gang Green feels like they can get the most out of him.

Kinlaw recorded 1.5 sacks, 33 tackles, four QB hits, four passes defended, and an interception returned for a touchdown in 14 games as part of a loaded 49ers defense.

He followed that up with a pair of injury-plagued seasons, appearing in just 10 games, so San Francisco decided to not exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie deal heading into last season. 

Kinlaw was able to stay healthy this past season and enjoyed another strong performance for the NFC Champions, recording 25 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks across 17 games (six starts).

He'll now look to build off that showing and tap into some of his remaining upside as he reunites with Saleh in the Big Apple.