Jets add O-Line Depth, Sign Free Agent Tackle Billy Turner
Having closed out the NFL draft by adding a pair of offensive linemen in center Joe Tippmann and tackle Carter Warren, the Jets have also come to terms with Billy Turner, a veteran tackle of nine seasons as they look to beef up the trenches.
The #Jets are signing veteran OL Billy Turner to a 1-yr deal worth up to $3.15 million, per source.
It’s the latest reunion with Aaron Rodgers and Nathaniel Hackett, who coached Turner in Green Bay and Denver. Turner has 75 career starts.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 1, 2023
In Turner, the Jets get a versatile blocker who has played each tackle and guard spot through is time with the Dolphins, Packers and Broncos. Having played for offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in both Green Bay and Denver, it seemed like a natural fit.
Even if the Jets believe that a slimmed down Mekhi Becton will be a go this season, there are still concerns on the offensive line at tackle with Duane Brown turning forty and Max Mitchell coming back from missing a significant chunk of last season after he was found have blood clots during his rookie year.
New Jets RT Billy Turner (57) has played both guard spots and tackle spots during his nine-year career. Valuable insurance in the trenches as we see him open up a running lane here with a chip on the DT before picking up a key block on the second level. pic.twitter.com/hkFLJ2orEN
— Glenn Naughton (@JNRadio_Glenn) May 2, 2023
The Jets are expected to announce their intentions for Mekhi Becton in the near future in regards to his fifth-year option which may not be as outlandish as it seems on the surface, given the money the club would save by avoiding a big contact after this season should Becton bounce back from two years of injuries and play at a high level.
In all, the Jets have added help on the interior by signing Wes Schweitzer and Trystan Colon and at their tackle spots with the re-signing of Cedric Ogbuehi prior to drafting Warren and now signing Turner.
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