Initial Reaction – Jets Re-Sign Alex Lewis

Dan Essien with initial reaction to the New York Jets bringing back guard Alex Lewis

After a slow start, New York Jets GM Joe Douglas gets started by re-signing OG Alex Lewis. 

The Jets have a multitude of questions surrounding their offensive line but they’ve begun the work of rebuilding it. After missing some of the bigger names in free agency, the Jets looked to a familiar name in Alex Lewis. The Jets re-signed Lewis to a 3-year $18.6 million deal with $6 million guaranteed. This move came after the Jets signed George Fant to likely start at tackle.

Alex Lewis started 12 games for the Jets last season at guard. He was one of Joe Douglas’ early moves last offseason after being hired. Douglas traded a conditional 7th round pick for Lewis and what he got back was 12 starts and decent offensive line play. That can certainly be considered a decent return. However, as a unit, the Jets offensive line struggled consistently, so Lewis exceeding expectation was largely drowned out.

Lewis returns, at the moment, as a starting at guard for the Jets. Considering all that was available in free agency, it most likely wasn’t the Jets’ first choice to bring Lewis back as a starter. However, they have continued to stress continuity on offense and this move fits that mantra. Now we’re left to wonder how much more offensive line competition Douglas decides to bring in through free agency and then the draft. Does he perhaps have a trade up his sleeve to bring in a standout starter?