New York Jets re-sign OLB Calvin Pace

Calvin Pace looked pretty done after the 2012 season, after recording 8 sacks in 2011 and 2012 combined and grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 3rd worst ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in 2012. The Jets cut Pace going into his age 33 season last off-season, but brought him back on a cheap one year deal. That paid off as Calvin Pace had a career high 11 sacks. Some people mistake that for having the best year of his career, which isn’t true as you can’t just look at sack numbers.

He graded out slightly below average on Pro Football Focus, thanks to just 3 quarterback hits and 21 quarterback hurries. That being said, it was clearly a better year than 2012. He’s now going into his age 34 season so he’s nothing but a stopgap starter, but the Jets needed one as they search for a long-term solution opposite Quinton Coples and they’re paying him appropriately, giving him 5 million over 2 years. It’s not a fantastic value, but this was a solid re-signing.

Grade: A-




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