After making splash signing in Corey Davis earlier tonight, the New York Jets have added a major upgrade to their defensive line. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the New York Jets have signed former Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2021
Rapoport would report later on that the Jets signed Lawson to a three-year deal worth $45 Million.
For the past four seasons, Lawson has been a major contributor to the Cincinnati Bengals defense. Lawson was originally drafted by Cincinnati in the fourth round in 2017. During his rookie season, Lawson had 8.5 sacks despite being a situational pass rusher. In 2019-20 Lawson started eleven games for the Bengals finished the year with 5.5 sacks.
Lawson is not known for high sack numbers like most highly paid edge rushers. He specializes in pressuring on a quarterback and defending against the run. New head coach of the New York Jets Robert Saleh likely feels that in his scheme Lawson’s true potential can be unlocked and he can emerge as one of the league’s edge rushes.