Former Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Stephen Bowen took to Instagram to announce he’s signed with the New York Jets.
Graduating from high school in Dix Hills, New York and attending Hofstra University not far away, defensive end Stephen Bowen returns to his home state to play football after nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins
Bowen, a three year starter at Hofstra, went undrafted in 2006 before catching on with the Cowboys to play in a single game his rookie season. He recorded a sack in his first NFL game, and went on to play in 62 out of a possible 64 games in the next four seasons.
In 2011, Bowen’s first season with the Redskins, he enjoyed a career year with 6.0 sacks and 41 tackles. After playing two full seasons in Washington, Bowen missed 14 games in the past two seasons. Bowen finished 2013 on IR after suffering a PCL tear and missed the first half of 2014 on the PUP list.
In his career, Bowen has registered 12.5 sacks in 113 games. Bowen will not be expected to start or play quality minutes for the New York Jets. This is a merely a depth signing, and a solid one at that. Bowen can come in on some passing downs as well as give the rest of the defensive line a break from time to time.
Contract details are not known at this team, but for a 30 year old defensive end coming off a couple of injury-plagued seasons it’s safe to assume a short, cheap contract.
The big names are off the board in free agency, and the Jets can be expected to add more cheap, lesser-known players in the weeks leading up to the draft.