FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets center Wesley Johnson has signed his restricted free agent tender.
The team announced the move Thursday.
The tender for Johnson is worth $2.746 million. Johnson is the likely replacement for Nick Mangold, who was released in February.
The 26-year-old Johnson started eight of the final nine games last season while filling in for the injured Mangold. Johnson, a fifth-round draft pick by Pittsburgh out of Vanderbilt in 2014, was claimed off waivers by New York during his rookie season.
''He learned a lot from Nick,'' coach Todd Bowles said at the NFL owners meetings during the offseason. ''He's great in the run game. He's a good leader and he got better as the year went on, so hopefully those things will continue.''
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