Copeland signed a one-year deal, which potentially is worth up to $3 million.
Copeland (27) performed masterfully for the Jets last season as he totaled career-highs in tackles (47), quarterback hits (20), sacks (five) and passes defensed (three).
Copeland came through the NFL Regional Combine platform in 2013 and spent time on the practice squads of the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. Still, the Maryland native’s journey to stay in the NFL just begun.
Copeland participated in the NFL Veteran Combine in 2015 and caught the attention of several teams. Copeland eventually signed with the Detroit Lions. The 6-3, 263-pound linebacker became a dependable special teams talent and experienced some time on the defensive unit.
When Copeland was displaying signs of a legitimate linebacker who can play all four downs no matter the situation, he sustained a torn pectoral, causing him to miss the rest of the 2017 season.
In two seasons with the Lions, Copeland amassed 30 tackles and one forced fumble in 32 games with one start.
The Jets stepped in and signed the free agent, underrated talent last season to a one-year deal. Copeland showed that he was the complete player, which was highlighted all season long. If Copeland can duplicate the similar output from 2018 in the 2019 NFL campaign, the estate tycoon will position himself for a max deal.