Breaking: Jets sign OLB Antwan Barnes (Update: Now Official)

The New York Jets have signed outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, according to Connor Orr of The Star Ledger.

Barnes, a 2007 draft pick, has played with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. In his career, he’s notched 112 tackles, 23.5 sacks, an interception and five forced fumbles.

“Green and white it is,” Barnes tweeted. “Just want to thank Coach Rex Coach DT and Mr. Idzilk for the opportunity. And to the fans I won’t let you down.”

UPDATE: Barnes has since clarified to say that nothing is finalized just yet.

UPDATE #2:The deal is now complete per Manish:

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Barnes would be a clever addition to the Jets roster that is very needy at the OLB spot at present.  Depending on how the rest of the offseason shakes out, Barnes should be in the mix for one of the vacant OLB jobs and at an absolute minimum would be a great pressure package player.  As we’ve written about before, Barnes is known to be a better player at attacking the pocket and ballcarrier than he is at dropping into coverage, which is fine by Rex Ryan and might mean that he’d play the weakside more for the Jets than the strongside.

This also means that the Jets are probably not that likely to do much in pursuit of free agent Victor Butler at this point since they’ve at least partially addressed the spot prior to the draft.