After mostly sitting quietly through the first day of free agency the Jets dove into the market to fill two holes on Friday.
The team signed former Jaguars’ left tackle Kelvin Beachum and former Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro.
Beachum posted a video of himself on Fox Sports’ ProCast from the Jets’ facility to make his announcement.
“Just a blessing to keep playing football, a blessing to be at a great organization,” Beachum said in the video. “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. I already know the chant, baby.”
Beachum, 27, started 15 games for Jacksonville last season at left tackle. Presumably he will replace Ryan Clady in the same spot with the Jets. Beachum actually visited the Jets during free agency in 2016 but elected to sign with the Jaguars instead. His contract with Jacksonville was a one-year deal with a four-year team option which the Jaguars elected not to exercise.
Beachum was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and played for four seasons in Pittsburgh. He tore his ACL mid-way through the 2015 season.
After D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired last season the Jets traded for Ryan Clady, who wasn’t particularly effective last season. Clady is a free agent.
Catanzaro, 26, spent the last three seasons kicking for the Cardinals but wasn’t tendered a contract by Arizona as a restricted free agent. Though he had an accurate first two seasons his field goal percentage dropped in 2016 when he made 21 of 28 attempts and missed four extra points. The Jets cut former kicker Nick Folk earlier this offseason.
The Jets also re-signed long snapper Tanner Purdum, who has been with the team since 2010.
Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:03:58 +0000