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Former Pitt Star Jordan Whitehead Will Hit NFL Free Agency

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Pitt defensive back Jordan Whitehead.

Former Pitt star Jordan Whitehead will play for a new NFL team in 2024.

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the New York Jets let four contracts void Friday morning, one of which was Whitehead’s. He signed a 2-year, $14.5 million contract before the 2022 season.

Whitehead will likely be in high demand once again as he hits free agency, which opens on March 13. He’s shown his ability to be an experienced, proven NFL starter in six NFL seasons since being selected out of Pitt.

Whitehead wrapped up his second year with the Jets in 2023 (starting all 17 games), and he showcased an ability to change the course of a football game. In 17 games, he recorded 97 tackles (65 solo), three tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, four interceptions and nine pass breakups.

In two seasons with the Jets, starting all 34 games, he recorded 186 tackles (123 solo), seven tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, six interceptions and 17 pass breakups.

In four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he racked up 292 tackles (222 solo), 22 tackles for loss, two sacks, forced fumbles and recoveries, five interceptions and 25 passes defended in 59 games, starting 55 games.

The hard-hitting safety played an integral role on Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl-winning squad in 2021, and after his impact with the Jets, he should once again be expected to sign with an NFL team looking for a starting-caliber safety.

Whitehead, originally a four-star recruit at Pitt out of Central Valley High School in Monaca, Pa., recorded 235 tackles (162 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, a half-sack, three interceptions, 12 passes defended and two defensive touchdowns in just 31 games at Pitt between 2015-17.

He was originally selected by the Buccaneers with a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

He’s one of a large number of former Pitt stars, from the secondary, that are currently playing in the NFL — including Damar Hamlin, Dane Jackson, Damarri Mathis, K’Waun Williams, Jason Pinnock and Avonte Maddox.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago

Take the money and plan to exit before you become a cripple. I think Aaron Donald has stayed too long. The business model leaves young seemingly healthy males along the side of the road.

Big Time
Big Time
1 month ago

Come to the Steelers Jordan, we have a spot open for you.

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