After missing out on Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati to the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Jets have reportedly agreed to terms with Seahawks guard James Carpenter to a four-year, $5 million deal.
The Jets have filled a hole in their offensive line by signing a guard that has kept Russel Wilson safe and gave Marshawn Lynch running lanes for the past four years. Offensive guard James Carpenter is by no means an elite offensive lineman, but is a solid pickup at a position of need for the Jets.
Carpenter, 25, played left tackle at the University of Alabama before transitioning to guard in the NFL. Carpenter was drafted 25th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, considered a stretch at the time. Pegged to be a third round pick, the Seahawks made a questionable move by taking him early when they likely could have grabbed him a round or two later. Obviously the decision wasn’t too bad, as the Seahawks reached the Super Bowl twice in Carpenter’s four NFL seasons.
While the Jets would’ve liked to sign San Fransico 49ers guard Mike Iupati, James Carpenter is a solid addition. He has played in 29 games for the Seahawks over the past two seasons, 26 of these games being starts. Carpenter will look to translate this experience into helping keep the Jets quarterbacks afloat this year and create running lanes.
With a SEC title, BCS National Championship, two NFC titles and a Super Bowl ring under his belt at only 25 years old, maybe Carpenter can bring some of his winning ways to the New York Jets.
UPDATE: The deal is reportedly for 4 years and worth $19 million according to Yahoo Sports.