Jets re-sign safeties Lamarcus Joyner, Will Parks

March 11, 2022 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets re-signed safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Will Parks on Thursday, keeping two potential starters on the roster.

Joyner signed a one-year deal with the Jets last offseason and was expected to team with Marcus Maye as New York’s starting safeties. But Joyner lasted just nine snaps, tearing his triceps in the season opener at Carolina.

Joyner’s agent Sunny Shah announced on Twitter that the 31-year-old veteran was signing another one-year contract with New York, adding the hashtag: #UnfinishedBusiness.

Joyner, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Rams and Raiders, has also played cornerback during his career and gives the Jets a versatile and experienced presence in their secondary.

The Jets announced they were bringing back Parks, who was claimed by New York off waivers from Miami in December and started two of the Jets’ final three games. He had nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass defensed. The 27-year-old Parks previously spent time with Denver, Philadelphia, Kansas City and San Francisco before being signed by the Dolphins last November off the 49ers’ practice squad.

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Safety is an area of concern for the Jets, who were hit hard by injuries at the position last season. Maye was lost in Week 9 to a torn Achilles and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week. He’s also dealing with legal issues stemming from his DUI arrest in February 2021 that could result in a suspension.

With the re-signings of Joyner and Parks, the Jets have opted to bring back three players so far that were scheduled to become free agents. New York has also re-signed backup offensive lineman Conor McDermott, who made headlines last season when he caught a touchdown pass from Zach Wilson in a win over Jacksonville.

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