The Jets waited until the fourth round to select an offensive tackle in last weekend’s draft.
But on Monday, Gang Green added another player who should provide depth on its offensive line.
The Jets are signing veteran offensive tackle Billy Turner, who came for a visit on Monday afternoon, according to a source. Turner and the Jets agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3.15 million, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The Dolphins selected Turner in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After he was released by the Dolphins in 2016, Turner spent three seasons with Broncos (2016-18) before spending three more years with the Packers (2019-21).
During his three seasons with the Packers, Turner played a variety of positions, mostly at right tackle, where he started 13 games for the club in 2021. Last year, Turner played in eight games for the Broncos last year before knee issues prematurely ended his 2022 season.
During his nine seasons in the NFL, Turner has appeared in 83 games, with 68 starts. Turner will reunite with new Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, both of which he worked with in Green Bay.
Although the Jets selected center Joe Tippmann out of Wisconsin and tackle Carter Warren out of Pitt during the 2023 NFL Draft, the team could use more help at tackle. Duane Brown, who started 12 games at left tackle last year, is coming off shoulder surgery.
Also, Mekhi Becton (knee) and Max Mitchell (blood clots), who started five games at right tackle as a rookie last year, had their seasons both cut short. Adding Turner will provide the Jets with some depth and flexibility should they need it, as he can play both tackle positions and at guard.
Last year, 11 different players started on the Jets offensive line. That certainly didn’t help an offense that finished 25th in yards and 29th in points scored.