Jets Signing DE Takk McKinley After Tryout

According to Connor Hughes, the Jets are signing DE Takk McKinley to a contract. 

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He tried out for the team during minicamp this past week. There’s also a connection on the coaching staff, as McKinley’s first four years in Atlanta overlapped with current Jets DC Jeff Ulbrich.

McKinley, 28, is a former first-round pick by the Falcons out of UCLA in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was in the final year of his four-year, $10.2 million rookie contract and was set to make a base salary of $1.85 million for the 2020 season when the Falcons waived him after the trade deadline. 

The Bengals and 49ers each claimed McKinley in succession before waiving him again with a failed physical designation. From there, the Raiders claimed McKinley and he finished out the season with the team but did not appear in a game. 

McKinley signed a one-year, $4.25 million deal with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2021. In 2022, he had stints with the Titans, Rams and Cowboys. Dallas re-signed him to a deal in March of 2023 but cut him loose in June. 

For his career, McKinley has appeared in 64 games and recorded 98 tackles, 20 sacks, three forced fumbles, a recovery and two pass defenses. 

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