One of the positions the Jets were focused on improving is the offensive line, more specifically the guard spot. They had interest in guards Orlando Franklin and Mike Iupati but it appears they were never really in the race for either. Now according to FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo the Jets have settled on guard James Carpenter.
Carpenter, who played his college ball at the University of Alabama, has spent all of his first four years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks after being drafted with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Carpenter will now join his former line-mate, Breno Giacomini, with the Jets.
Carpenter is not a great run blocker but is adequate in pass protection. However he has missed numerous games over his career due to injury. After starting the first nine games in his rookie season Carpenter was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, which led to him missing the first three games in 2012 and he missed six more games that year due to a concussion and knee injury. Carpenter then only missed one game in 2013 and four last year.
Details of the deal have not been disclosed but we should know more later today by the time free agency actually begins at 4 pm ET. UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting the deal is for four-years for around $5 million per year.