Former CFL offensive lineman Greg Van Roten signs with New York Jets

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Former Canadian Football League offensive lineman, American Greg Van Roten has signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets

Van Roten’s first NFL contract was with Green Bay where he played 10 games with the Packers during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Packers released him in February 2014, however, three days later Seattle signed the six-foot-three, 308-pounder. But Van Roten was among the Seahawks final training camp cuts that year, which led to him signing with the Argos in advance of the 2015 season.

The 30-year-old played with the Toronto Argonauts in 2015 and 2016. He was a versatile player who played 32 CFL games at tackle, guard and centre along the offensive line. Jacksonville took interest in February 2017, although after a brief off-season stint on the Jaguars roster he was released in May.

Carolina brought Van Roten in and during his first season with the Panthers he played in 10 games on special teams and served as a backup centre and guard. In January 2018, the Rockville Centre, New York native put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension. He earned a starting job, playing all 16 regular season games at left guard for Carolina that season — the only player to take every offensive snap for the Panthers.

Following 11 starts and a dislocated toe injury which ended his 2019 season, Van Roten was coveted by multiple NFL teams during free agency and inked a deal with his hometown Jets.