Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting that former New England Patriot LB/DE Tully Banta-Cain is meeting with the Jets coaching staff and touring their practice facility today.
The 31-year-old Banta-Cain had off-season abdominal surgery but is fully recovered. Though he is coming off a somewhat disappointing season in which he only started in six of 15 games for the Patriots, Banta-Cain would serve as a formidable pass-rushing a threat for the Jets, an obvious area of need. Rex Ryan’s defensive-unit is also thin at the backup outside linebacker position. Banta-Cain would be a definite upgrade over Jamaal Westerman and Garrett McIntyre.
Though Banta-Cain only made six starts last season, he recorded five sacks. He is also only two years removed from a career season in 2009, in which he registered 54 tackles and 9.5 sacks.