After not addressing their offensive tackle needs until day three of the NFL draft, the New York Jets strengthened the position on Monday by signing an experienced free agent Bill Turnerthe team announced.
Turner, 31, who started seven games for the last season Denver Broncosis reunited with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Before playing for Hackett in Denver, Turner was a full-time starter for the Green Bay packerswhere he blocked for Rodgers from 2019 to 2021. Hackett was a member of that coaching staff as offensive coordinator.
According to a report by the NFL Network, Turner will sign a one-year deal that could be worth up to $3.1 million.
The Jets attempt to charge at tackle position to create competition. Many thought they would draft a tackle in the first round, but they didn’t pick one until the fourth round — Pitts Carter Warren. The holdovers at Tackle are Duane Brown37, often injured Mekhi Becton And Max Mitchell.
Curiously, the Jets have yet to announce their decision on whether to exercise Becton’s fifth-year option. They are not expected to do so, sources said. Closing date is Tuesday.
Turner played exclusively in right tackle for the Broncos last season. If he stays there, he’ll line up against Mitchell and possibly Becton, a natural left tackle who switched to the right flank last season before suffering a season-ending injury in training camp.