- Rand Getlin reports that Carpenter will receive a four-year contract worth roughly $4.75 million per year.
“It feels great. I’m really happy to be here,” Carpenter said. “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.”
Previous reports had said that the Jets could have interest in Carpenter, depending on what happens with Mike Iupat and Orlando Franklin. However, both of these players are reportedly signing with other teams, so Carpenter is at least in the discussion to be best remaining interior offensive lineman.
Carpenter, 25, was a surprise first-round pick in 2011 out of Alabama. He battled injuries throughout his first two seasons in the league, before starting 12 games last season.
Last year, Seattle declined to pick up his fifth-year option, which is why he was in position to reach the open market in the first place. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 47 guard out of 78 qualifying players.
We have Franklin listed as the No. 69 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.