After coming out relatively quiet at the start of Free Agency, the New York Jets have made a splash signing now former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum. The Jets had a glaring need at left tackle with the release of veteran Ryan Clady and Beachum will now fill this void.
The Jets pursued Beachum as D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s replacement last offseason, but he ended up choosing to sign a deal with the Jaguars who used its team option to opt out of his deal this offseason. The Jets will enter the 2017 season with an offensive line all under the age of 30.
Beachum suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in October 2015 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and started 15 games for the Jaguars this past season. Beachum helped a Jaguars offensive line have one of its best statistical seasons by only giving up 34 sacks, which was its fewest allowed by the Jaguars since 2007 (31).
Beachum is excited to join the Jets and already is feeling the love from the fans.
“Just a blessing to keep playing football, a blessing to be at a great organization,” said Beachum from the Jets’ facility. “J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. I already know the chant, baby.”
Beachum will sign a three-year deal worth $24 million with $12 million guaranteed and an option for the deal to be voided in year three if he makes a Pro Bowl in 2017 or 2018. The Jets are hoping Beachum will be able to return to his pre injury form as he was one of the league’s steadier left tackles with the Steelers prior to his injury.
General Manager Mike Maccagnan is engineering a rebuild of the Jets roster and is pushing to get the team younger and ultimately solve its franchise quarterback puzzle. Beachum may not be the flashiest name, but this is a move that helps solidify the offensive line and keep the rebuild heading in the right direction.