The team signed former Jaguars' left tackle Kelvin Beachum and former Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Beachum can fill the need left by Ryan Clady after the Jets decided not to renew his contract. Beachum, who visited the Jets a year ago in free agency, is projected to start at left tackle for NY.
Brief: The Jets also announced Friday night that they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum. Catanzaro, who signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2014, was one of the better kickers in the National Football League his first two seasons. He made a career-low 75 percent of his field goals last year, in addition to missing two extra points during the year. If those things happen, then Beachum can void the deal for 2019, as long as he notifies the Jets on or before the 22nd day prior to the start of the 2019 league year.
He will replace kicker Nick Folk, who was released by the team following the 2016 season.
Catanzaro is the all-time leading scorer at Clemson with 404 points. Beachum, who played his first four seasons in Pittsburgh, became a starting caliber tackle for the Steelers before he suffered a torn ACL in the 2015 season. The Jaguars shortly after made the trade for former Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert.
The Jaguars declined the option in Beachum's contract in February, making him a free agent.