It is not easy to find quality help for an offensive line only one month before the start of training camp, but the Jets did it on Friday, signing Morgan Moses, likely to be their new starter at right tackle.
Moses, 30, agreed to a one-year deal with a base salary of $3.6 million, potentially up to $5.3 million, according to NFL Network.
This addition allows the Jets to move veteran George Fant out of the right tackle spot and into a backup or swing tackle role he is better suited to fill. With Moses and Mekhi Becton at the two tackle spots, the Jets have two massive bookends, although Moses (6-foot-6, 330 pounds) is not nearly as massive as Becton (6-foot-7, 364 pounds).
Moses, a 2014 third round pick out of Virginia, spent his first seven NFL seasons with Washington. He is an iron man, having started 97 of his 104 games, starting all 16 games the past six seasons. And it is not as if he is showing signs of slowing down. Moses was on the field for 98 percent of Washington’s offensive snaps in 2020.
Why did Washington release Morgan on May 20? The team signed veteran tackle Charles Leno in free agency and selected tackle Sam Cosmi out of Texas in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Washington tried to trade Moses before releasing him, a move that saved $7.75 million on the salary cap. Moses did not figure to last long on the open market. The Jets and Bears reportedly had the most interest in Moses.