The New York Jets have signed veteran free agent defensive lineman Chris Jones, who spent last season on injured reserve.
To make room for Jones, the Jets waived defensive lineman Claude Pelon on Tuesday.
Jones was a sixth-round pick of Houston in 2013 out of Bowling Green. He has also spent time with Tampa Bay, New England, Miami and San Francisco.
Barkley, despite the immense expectations and hoopla, appears to be a willing student.
Stewart is an awesome dude, Barkley said. Obviously he is a great vet. I’m just over here trying to watch him, trying to learn from him every single day and all the vets and all the running backs let me come in with open arms and it’s been great.
John Mara, a stately man whose family has owned the New York Giants for nearly a century, at one point made his way over to shake the hand of the new Carolina Panthers owner and decided he’d wait to make up his mind. Jerry Jones, the renegade oil tycoon who has owned the Dallas Cowboys since 1989, figured that on the basis that Tepper — a hedge-fund multibillionaire who pledged a record $2.275 billion to buy the Panthers — is serious about the two things most important to Jones, pro football and money, he figured they’d probably get along.
Art Rooney actually knows him — his family sold Tepper a five-percent stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 — and, more important, has some idea what the NFL is getting: a man who’s unpolished and proud of it, whose reputation as a candid and at times controversial voice has grown almost as fast as his net worth, who has repeatedly and unapologetically called out President Trump.
That’s the same Trump who declared war on the NFL last year over protesting players who knelt during the national anthem and, after the league amended its pregame anthem policy last week in what has been seen in some circles as an act of surrender, praised the league but suggested during an interview with Fox News that players who continue kneeling shouldn’t be in the country. The same Trump who, before the 2016 election, Tepper referred to as demented, narcissistic and a scumbag.