Veteran New York Jets blocker Kelvin Beachum has found a new home

The New York Jets’ offensive line mainstay has agreed to a new deal with the Arizona Cardinals to protect Kyler Murray.

It’ll be the same spot, but a new first-round commodity to protect for Kelvin Beachum.

The former New York Jets blocker has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC West team confirmed on Friday. Thus ends Beachum’s three-year tenure with the Jets, one saw that him miss only three games.

Beachum, 31, joined the Jets on a three-year, $24 million deal during the 2017 offseason. He previously entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending four years there before a single season with Jacksonville. Beachum became known for protecting the blindside of quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown.

It’s likely he’ll help fill a similar role for 2019’s top overall draft pick and Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray. The veteran Beachum will possibly serve as a depth option behind DJ Humphries.

Off the field, Beachum made a name for himself in the New York community. He was the Jets’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during the 2018 season. His efforts centered on eradicating hunger and providing STEM education for minority youths.

“You trust him, you know he’s extremely reliable, you know he’s going to execute his assignment, and he’s going to help other guys up front,” Jets head coach Adam Gase said of Beachum in November, per Olivia Landis of NewYorkJets.com. “I think he’s a guy that’s played a lot of football, he’s seen a lot of different blitzes and he can help our group in a lot of different ways.”

Beachum perhaps became expendable once the Jets added both George Fant in free agency and Mekhi Becton with their first pick in April’s draft. Fellow starting blocker Brandon Shell also left this offseason, inking a two-year deal with Seattle in March. The Jets also added Greg Van Roten and Connor McGovern in free agency and likewise drafted Cameron Clark during the draft’s day three proceedings.

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OT George Fant signs with the New York Jets

New York Jets, George Fant

The New York Jets have made a move. They have signed offensive tackle George Fant. Fant has signed to a 3 year 30 million dollar deal with 13.7 million guaranteed.  Fant was a Seahawk since joining the team as a UDFA in 2016. Fant was a basketball player converted to a Tight End and then a tight end converted to an offensive tackle. Fant is athletic and a very good blocker. So what does Fant add to the team and where does he fit in the line?

Is Fant A Good Offensive Tackle?

George Fant is very talented. The jury is still out on how good Fant really is. Despite battling injuries, when Fant has played he has consistently shown signs of development. Fant was good rotating across the line and filling in for various players. Questions surround his durability as he has very few starts. However, when he has played he has been a great pass blocker. He has played 266 pass-blocking snaps and only allowed 2 sacks and 2 QB hits. If Fant can stay on the field he will be a good offensive tackle for the New York Jets. If he doesn’t work out, the Jets structured the deal to get out of it with a minimal cap hit next season.

How Does Fant Fit With The Team

Fant will immediately become a starter on the offensive line. He will likely be the left tackle until the presumed draft pick is prepared. When the pick is ready, he will likely move over to the right side. This move gives the Jets an option and as I’ve been saying for a while, the Jets needed a valuable offensive tackle. Fant will improve the tackle spot if healthy and allow the Jets to move to the interior offensive line and other spots. Fant is a potential value signing but if he can’t stay healthy then this move will have been a waste.