After losing Damon Harrison to the Giants the Jets have found a replacement for the man called Snacks. According to Kimberly Martin of Newsday the Jets are expected to sign former Steeler Steve McLendon.
McLendon is 30-years-old and has been an effective nose tackle throughout his entire career - all seven season in Pittsburgh - and has proven to be a run-stuffing nose tackle. He's not nearly as good at stopping the run as Harrison - the Jets simply weren't going to find one who was because no such person exists - but the Jets hope that surrounding McLendon with the likes of Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams will only raise McLendon's effectiveness against the run.
The Steelers didn't let McLendon walk because he wasn't good enough at what they asked him to do, they let him walk because they don't ask him to do enough. McLendon only played about a third of the snaps last year - he plays on first and second downs, running plays not obvious passing situations - and the Steelers couldn't justify paying him enough to keep him in Pittsburgh.
According to Dom Cosentino of NJ Advance Media the deal is for a "max length of three years and a max value of $12 million." While the Steelers weren't interested in paying that type of price for a part-time player the Jets obviously felt it was worth it to make sure they had a reliable player to fill the void of the departed Harrison. McLendon may not be the disruptive run-stuffer that Harrison was/is but at 6'7" 348 pounds he will certainly fill the void. This signing means the Jets will no longer be looking at signing Nick Fairley.
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