Former Elon football player Aaron Mellette is back in the National Football League. The two-time first team FCS All-American announced Monday evening that he signed a deal with the New York Jets via Instagram. "\0x2028All I can say is how blessed I am for being afforded another chance to pursue my dream" he wrote as the caption. "Most people don't even get 1 chance at this. No matter the outcome always thanking God for the doors he's opened." The details of the contract have not been released.
Mellette was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 7th round (pick 238) of the 2013 NFL Draft. After an impressive preseason with the Ravens, Mellette made the final 52-man roster. But during the week leading up to the season opener versus the Denver Broncos, Mellette suffered a knee injury and was played on the injured reserved list where he remained the rest of the season.
In the offseason leading up to the start of training camp this past year, Mellette battled back, but failed to overcome his injury and was waived by the Ravens on June 17.
Mellette will now begin offseason workouts and OTAs with the Jets.