Jets sign their 4 exclusive royalty-free agents to contracts

The Jets have signed their four exclusive free agents — cornerback Javelin Guidry, wide receiver Elijah Riley Jeff Smith and defensive lineman Tim Ward — to contracts.

Guidry (5-10, 190) saw the most action of the quartet last season as a member of the Jets’ CB rotation. He had 45 tackles during the year — including a career-high 10 tackles in the overtime win over the Titans — as well as three pass defenses and 1.5 tackles for loss. He was one of the only green and white defensive players to play in all 17 games, totaling 486 defensive snaps and another 134 on special teams. He’s played in 28 games (five starts) over the past two seasons with 70 defensive tackles and four forced fumbles, all coming in 2020.

Riley (6-0, 205), the Army product who was dropped from Philadelphia’s practice squad in November, started safely in seven of the Jets’ final eight games last season. He had 45 tackles and 3.0 TFL, the first in Game 11 at Houston. The following week he scored his first professional sack and it came against his first professional team, the Eagles. Then came a career-high 10 tackles against New Orleans, then his first PD in Game 14 at Miami.

Ward (6-6, 255) was acquired on waivers from Kansas City before the start of the season and had 191 defensive snaps in 11 games. He finished the season with 12 tackles and two breakups behind Matt Ryan’s passing line in the game against Atlanta in London.

Smith (6-1, 195) has seen action in the past three seasons since signing with the Jets as an undrafted free agent from Boston College following the 2019 draft. In 12 games (three starts) the last season, Smith had eight receptions for 113 yards. For his career, in 25 games (seven starts) and 550 offensive snaps, he recorded 26 catches for 292 yards.

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