Jets hire Williams...Packers hire Hackett...Mets and Lowrie finalize deal
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gregg Williams has been hired as the New York Jets’ defensive coordinator in the first major staff addition by Adam Gase since he became coach. The 60-year-old Williams went 5-3 as Cleveland’s interim coach this season after Hue Jackson was fired. At his introductory news conference Monday, the offensive-minded Gase said he was looking for a “head coach of the defense” while he focuses heavily on the other side of the ball.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have hired former Jacksonville assistant Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive coordinator. Hackett spent most of the last four seasons with the Jaguars as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator before he was fired in November after Jacksonville lost its seventh consecutive game.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are still waiting to hear from wide receiver Antonio Brown. Team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday he’s still not sure what led the perennial Pro Bowler to walk out on the team before the season finale. The Steelers benched Brown for their victory over Cincinnati and he did not show up to clean out his locker after the team missed the playoffs. Rooney says the team has “left everything open” in regards to Brown’s future.
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has decided to transfer to Oklahoma. Hurts made the announcement today in a story in the Players’ Tribune. He will be available immediately as a graduate transfer. Hurts was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman. Hurts left Alabama with 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns passing and 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie and the New York Mets have finalized a $20 million, two-year contract. A switch-hitter who turns 35 in April, Lowrie and is coming off his first All-Star season. Lowrie played mostly second base for the Oakland Athletics during the past three seasons. Van Wagenen says he will play second, shortstop and third for the Mets, who acquired All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’) from Seattle last month.