New York Jets the front-runner to sign OL Josh Sitton
Josh Sitton may have already found a new home mere hours after being released by the Miami Dolphins. According to ESPN, the veteran interior offensive lineman is likely to sign with the New York Jets. The news was relayed by Mike Clemens of Sirius XM NFL Radio.
— Mike Clemens (@MikeClemensNFL) March 13, 2019
Sitton was cut by the Dolphins on Wednesday as the new league year officially began. The writing had been on the wall concerning his brief tenure in South Florida given the financial ramifications of waiving him. Miami now has $5 million worth of additional cap space to use this offseason.
Sitton signed a two-year, $18 million deal with Miami in March of last year that included $8 million in guaranteed money. He played in his new team’s season-opener, but missed the remainder of the season after it was learned he suffered a torn rotator cuff in the second half of the Dolphins’ victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The 32-year-old spent the previous two seasons with the Chicago Bears after signing a three-year, $21.8 million deal as a free agent in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl his first season in the Windy City, but he didn’t show enough the following season for the Bears to want to retain him. Sitton’s best years came as a member of the Green Bay Packers, with whom he played from 2008 to 2015, making three Pro Bowls and being named the NFL Alumni Associations’ offensive lineman of the year in 2010.
The Jets hired Adam Gase, a known fan of Sitton dating back to their days with the Bears, as the teams’ new head coach last month.