Former Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum announced on Friday evening he would be signing with the New York Jets, via Twitter. Beachum can fill the need left by Ryan Clady after the Jets decided not to renew his contract.
The Jets also struck a deal with Tanner Purdum, re-signing the team's long-time long snapper.
Back during his rookie year in 2014, Catanzaro made a 43-yard field goal against the Rams, and it tied the National Football League record for most field goals to start an National Football League career (17) with Kai Forbath. To the surprise of many, the Jaguars chose not to pick up Beachum's option for the 2017 season, which made him a free agent when the new league year rolled over. He made every extra point he kicked during his rookie season, while nailing 87.9 percent of his field goals as a rookie, before knocking through 90.3 of the kicks during his second year, including all kicks inside of 40.
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The Jets finally started making some notable moves on Friday. Prior to his single season in Jacksonville, he spent the first four seasons of his career as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, starting 39 of the 44 games he played with the team.
Beachum, 27, signed a one-year deal with a four-year option with the Jaguars last March and earned $5 million in 2016. Clady is a free agent.
The Jets have found their new left tackle and a new kicker.