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Jets Acquire Alex Lewis from Ravens for OL Depth

The New York Jets continued to address the deficiencies in their offensive line when they acquired Baltimore Ravens guard Alex Lewis on Monday. He arrives in return for a seventh-round draft pick.

Both teams announced the trade, which will be finalized following a physical.

On Monday morning Alex Lewis announced the Ravens would be releasing him. However the team later found a taker prior to needing to place the offensive lineman on waivers.


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The Jets, who hold the No. 3 waiver priority, which is based upon last year’s record, evidently thought the chance existed Lewis would be claimed by either the Cardinals or 49ers the only two teams in line before New York.

Lewis has one year left on his current contract and will receive $2 million during 2019. Insiders project Lewis as a backup when he joins the Jets.

The Ravens drafted Lewis in the fourth round of the 2016 draft and last season he started 10 games. However, Lewis has struggled with injuries during his career.

Over the three seasons Lewis has played, the guard has missed 28 games and started this year’s training camp on the Ravens’ physically unable to perform list due to recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.



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Lewis upset the Ravens during the offseason after rehabbing his shoulder in another location and not with the team.

When Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked early last week about Lewis, he said it appeared Lewis was moving well and looked strong and anticipated the guard would be returning to the team in early August.

This is New York’s second move for an offensive lineman in the last four days. New York convinced center Ryan Kalil to end his retirement late last week and join the team.

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