Jets sign last year's top pick by Bears to practice squad

Rex Ryan spent time over the weekend traveling to Florida in efforts to break the ice between the New York Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

That mission was successful and so to was his recruiting pitch to Jarron Gilbert as the coach talked the defensive lineman into signing with the team’s practice squad.

Gilbert, the 68th overall pick in 2009 by the Chicago Bears, will head to New York where a change of scenery and a different scheme should help him. The Bears gave up on him after just one season, a surprising move by general manager Jerry Angelo, who has been known to hang on to fringe players who were draft picks for too long.

Gilbert, 6-6, 270 pounds, might be ideal for Ryan’s 3-4 scheme. That is part of what the coach sold to the player in a phone conversation on Sunday. Gilbert felt he had a connection with Ryan because the coach had personally worked out the San Jose State product prior to the draft.

“He liked Rex Ryan because Rex had come out to personally work him out before the draft,” Bauer told the Chicago Tribune. “He said, ‘Come sign on my practice squad.’ I thought I was going to bring Jarron out west, but he made the decision to go there and it’s a good one.”

The Bears cut both of their ’09 draft picks, also waiving wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias, the 99th pick of the draft. He re-signed to the practice squad on Sunday.

The Bears owe Gilbert $146,500 in the form of a future base guarantee. Iglesias is owed similar money as well.

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