Jarron Gilbert, a 2009 third-round pick of the Bears, has decided to join the New York Jets practice squad, agent Frank Bauer said.
Gilbert had several other options, although the Bears were not among them.
"I thought he'd go to the West Coast," Bauer said of Gilbert, who went to high school in California and attended San Jose State.
But, Gilbert was drawn to the Jets' 3-4 scheme, as well as coach Rex Ryan, who has endeared himself to a lot of people with his colorful comments and decisions on HBO's Hard Knocks series.
"He's got a charisma about him, and he worked [Gilbert] out before the  draft," Bauer said. "I also look at the system."
The Jets were the only team to put in a claim for Gilbert on Sunday. But, they had a higher priority on former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Dixon.
Bauer said Ryan pushed hard Sunday night to get Gilbert to join the Jets.