Jets Sign Unrestricted FA Guard James Carpenter

Posted Mar 11, 2015

Former Seahawks First-Rounder Played on Same Super Bowl Line as T Breno Giacomini

The Jets have signed unrestricted free agent guard James Carpenter from Seattle.

"It feels great. I'm really happy to be here," Carpenter said at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center this afternoon after signing his new deal. "After my last game, playing in the Super Bowl, I was able to become a free agent. The Jets were the most interested, so I'm happy to be here with my new team.

"And," he added later, "I love green."

Carpenter (6'5", 321), who turns 26 later this month, was one of the youngest UFA guards available in free agency. He was Seattle's first-round pick, 25th overall, in the 2011 draft and played in 50 regular-and postseason games (44 starts) with the Seahawks the past four years.

In that role, Carpenter had significant playing time on the same Seattle O-line with Breno Giacomini, who came to the Jets a year ago as an unrestricted free agent. Carpenter and Giacomini played in 26 games together and started 13 on the same line, including Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Giacomini replaced Carpenter at starting right tackle in 2011 after Carpenter suffered a season-ending knee injury, then Carpenter usually started at LG with Giacomini at RT in 2012-13.

According to Stats Inc., Carpenter had one of his best season of pass protection this past season when he allowed 2.5 sacks of QB Russell Wilson.


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