After a day of begging Kelvin Beachum to stay in Jacksonville, the team came to terms with the former Steelers offensive tackle, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Although terms of the deal are not known at this time, it's likely that the Jaguars received a good deal this late in the free agent process. Beachum missed much of last season with a torn ACL he suffered back in October.
Beachum's signing is the first admittance by the Jaguars front office that perhaps Luke Joeckel is not the answer at left tackle. The former second-overall pick has underperformed since being handed the starting job.“Well, I’ve been around left tackles that it has taken a couple years for them to really find their groove," Bradley said of Joeckel back at the NFL Combine. "I think there’s part of the season that we really thought he was in that groove and really performed well. And then there’s a couple guys that I know he expected himself to be better. His biggest thing is getting in the weight room, become stronger, and that’s what he’s doing this offseason. That’s what he’s doing this offseason. I think the experience that he’s had, understanding the scheme and understanding the system, our protection scheme, even better. Always has done a really good job with the run blocking. I think that this year, another year in the system, will be another good year for him.”
Finally Joeckel will have legitimate competition and it would be an upset if Beachum didn't win the job.
The 26-year old former Steeler became the full time starter in 2013 and started all 16 games in 2014 and the first six games of last year before the ACL injury.
It's likely that he will be completely ready by the start of training camp.
Beachum joins free agent signees Malik Jackson, Chris Ivory, Tashaun Gipson and Brad Nortman in Jacksonville.