New York Jets sign G James Carpenter

The Jets were in on all the big-time guards available in free agency this off-season, Mike Iupati, Orlando Franklin, and Clint Boling and for good reason. Right guard Willie Colon struggled last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 66th ranked guard out of 78 eligible, and is now going into his age 32 season. Meanwhile at left guard, Brian Winters has been a disaster since they drafted him in the 3rd round in 2013. He was Pro Football Focus’ 77th ranked guard out of 81 eligible as a rookie and last year he was 65th out of 78 eligible, despite playing just 381 snaps. Oday Aboushi, a 2013 5thround pick, took over the starting job from him week 7 and was better, but only by default.

However, the Jets struck out on all 3 of those guards and had to settle for James Carpenter on a 4-year, 19.1 million dollar deal with 7.5 million guaranteed. This deal is cheaper than the ones given to the other 3 guards, but Carpenter isn’t nearly as good of a player. Carpenter, a 2011 1st round pick by the Seahawks, started just 39 games in 4 seasons (31 at left guard, 8 at right tackle, where they originally wanted him to play). That’s a result of several injuries and overall poor play, as he’s graded out well below average in all 4 seasons. He shouldn’t be getting this much money. With the Jets bringing back Willie Colon at right guard and plugging in Carpenter at left guard, guard will remain a position of weakness for the Jets in 2015.

Grade: C-

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