Sources: Jets add OT Brown after Becton injury

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The Jets are signing offensive tackle Duane Brown after Mekhi Becton's likely season-ending knee injury.

Sources: New York Jets add OT Duane Brown after Mekhi Becton's serious knee injury 1:34 PM ET Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer Close Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News Syracuse University graduate FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- With right tackle Mekhi Becton likely sidelined the entire season with a knee injury, the New York Jets finalized a two-year contract with offensive tackle tackle Duane Brown , a five-time Pro Bowler, sources told ESPN. The veteran free agent visited with the Jets over the weekend and attended their annual Green & White scrimmage at Met Life Stadium. The Jets began courting Brown before Becton's injury on Monday. Initially, coach Robert Saleh said Brown would be a "bonus" because he was satisfied with his tackle situation, but that changed Monday night when Becton's MRI exam revealed a chip fracture in his right kneecap. Editor's Picks Jets say knee injury likely to end Becton's season 2d Rich Cimini Brown, who turns 37 on Aug. 30, figures to start at left tackle. He has 203 career starts (all at left tackle) and didn't miss a start the last two seasons while playing for the Seattle Seahawks . He has five Pro Bowls on his resume; he made it as an injury replacement last season. Statistically, Brown performed well for the Seahawks. He finished 26th among offensive tackles in pass-block win rate, according to ESPN Stats & Information. If Brown plays left tackle, George Fant will move back to right tackle, where he played in 2020. The current backups are Conor McDermott and Chuma Edoga , neither of whom is a lock to make the final roster. McDermott sprained his left ankle in the scrimmage and is expected to miss one to two weeks. The Jets also selected Max Mitchell in the fourth round of the 2022 draft. The Jets spent months looking for an experienced backup to Fant and Becton. In June, they visited with Riley Reiff , who wound up signing with the Chicago Bears . The sense of urgency was elevated with Becton's injury, which occurred Monday. Brown was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon. He was booked on a misdemeanor charge and released after posting a $10,000 bond.