The Jets have lost two linebackers in a span of 24 hours, including strong-side backer Calvin Pace, who left practice Monday with a strained groin. The team has yet to reveal the severity of the injury, per ESPN. Already sidelined was rookie Lorenzo Mauldin, who is down for at least a week with a sprained knee. Pace started every game last year and totaled five sacks.
The Jets will bring back outside linebackers Jason Babin and Calvin Pace for the 2015 season, the team announced Saturday. Pace, who is scheduled to make $2.125 million next season with a $125,000 signing bonus, finished his 11th season last year, totaling 39 tackles with five sacks. Babin is due $1.35 million next year with a $125,000 signing bonus and totaled 25 tackles in 2014 with two sacks in all 16 games.
The Jets re-signed 33-year-old outside linebacker Calvin Pace to a two-year, $5 million deal, reports Pro Football Talk. He had 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and 53 tackles while playing every game last season.
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace continued his recent success as he tallied his ninth sack of the season Sunday against the Panthers in Week 15. Pace took down Cam Newton on a 3rd-and-goal, forcing Carolina to only three points in the opening quarter. He finished the game with four total tackles (three solo), a tackle for loss and a sack in a 30-20 defeat.
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace totaled five tackles (four solo) and one sack during a 37-27 win Week 14 vs. Oakland. Pace has recorded a sack in four of his last five games. Pace has tied a career high with eight sacks and is four tackles shy of having at least 50 tackles for the seventh straight season.