Using a gaping hole in their defense, the nyc Jets have re-signed starting outside linebacker Brandon Copeland, the team announced Monday.

He attracted attention from his previous club, the Detroit Lions.

Copeland, 27, was a pleasant surprise , since he listed a career-high five sacks in his first year with the team. He started off in a little role, but he ended up starting 10 matches and engaging in 55 percent of their defensive snaps.

The Jets had a introduction in outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense because free representative Anthony Barr reneged on an agreement at the start of free agency. He opted to re-sign together with the Minnesota Vikings.

Copeland’s return won’t preclude the Jets from damaging the positioning at the draft. With the 3rd overall pick, they are able to pick Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen.

Copeland, an undrafted free agent outside of Penn in 2013, pumped round before playing three seasons with the Lions (201517 ). He signed a oneyear, $1.4 million contract last offseason with the Jets. This offseason, he’s working like a co-professor in Penn, where he teaches a financial literacy class.

The Jets also re-signed copy tight end Neal Sterling, who made six catches for 47 yards last season. He was confined by six games because of a concussion.

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