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Jets signing veteran OL John Simpson to two-year deal

The Jets have finally gotten in on the free agency frenzy, adding veteran offensive lineman John Simpson on a two-year deal worth up to $18 million, according to numerous reports.

Simpson was described to SNY's Connor Hughes as a "lower-level" starter who isn't much better than Laken Tomlinson, whom he seemingly will replace at left guard.

Hughes says that pass blocking is an issue for Simpson, but the fact that Aaron Rodgers gets rid of the ball quickly should help him in New York's offense.

The 26-year-old spent the first three seasons of his career with the Las Vegas Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of the University of Clemson. 

He appeared in just seven games (two starts) during his rookie campaign but was quickly elevated to the starting left guard role during his second year with the team.

Vegas placed Simpson on waivers 11 games into the 2022 season, and he ended up signing a futures deal with the Ravens, where he cracked the roster during the offseason.

After a strong preseason and training camp showing, he earned the left guard job and he went to protect star QB Lamar Jackson for all 19 of Baltimore's regular season and postseason games.

Simpson was PFF's ninth-rated offensive lineman on the open market this offseason.