We have some breaking news from the NFL as the New York Jets make a significant move to bolster their roster ahead of training camp.

The Jets have signed former Chicago Bears running back and Pro Bowl return specialist Tarik Cohen, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet.

Cohen, 28, has faced a series of setbacks since his last NFL appearance in Week 3 of the 2020 season, where he suffered a severe knee injury that included torn ACL, MCL, and a fractured fibula. His attempts to return to the field have been thwarted by additional injuries, including a torn Achilles in 2022 and a hamstring issue that sidelined him during his time with the Panthers’ practice squad in 2023.

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While Cohen’s exact role with the Jets remains uncertain, his past performance as a dynamic dual-threat running back and return specialist is well-documented. Between 2017 and 2019, he amassed 2,561 yards and 14 touchdowns from 453 touches. His standout season came in 2018 when he made the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, leading the NFL with 411 punt return yards and averaging over 10 yards per return.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh has expressed excitement about Cohen’s potential impact on special teams, particularly in light of the NFL’s new kickoff rules. Saleh highlighted Cohen’s explosive playmaking ability and suggested that the new rules could see returners handling the ball more frequently, making Cohen’s skills particularly valuable.

‘Tarik is an explosive playmaker. He’s starting to get back healthy,’ Saleh remarked. ‘With the new kickoff rules, these kick returners, they’re going to touch the ball over 100 times a year, which is significant. We’re excited to have him aboard.’

The Jets’ running back room is already crowded with talents like Breece Hall, Izzy Abanikanda, and rookies Braelon Allen and Isaiah Davis. Cohen’s signing suggests that roster adjustments are imminent, with Abanikanda potentially the odd man out after struggling to make an impact in his rookie season.

Cohen’s addition also alleviates some of the pressure on Xavier Gipson, who handled punt and kickoff returns last season but may now see increased offensive opportunities.

While Cohen’s signing might not drastically change the Jets’ offensive plans, it clearly signals the team’s strategy for special teams under the new kickoff rules.