The Jets are signing veteran punter Thomas Morstead per Tom Pelissero.
Veteran punter Thomas Morstead is signing with the #Jets, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 14, 2021
Morstead played 12 seasons with the #Saints and won a Super Bowl. Now, a fresh start in New York, which just lost Braden Mann to a knee injury.
The Jets lost their punter Braden Mann for four to six weeks with a knee sprain early in the season opening loss to Carolina. Kicker Matt Ammendola did an admirable job for the rest of the game without any preparation or advance notice, but the Jets need him focused on place kicking. Morstead gets the first opportunity to replace Mann while he is out.
Morstead spent his entire career with the Saints prior to this point. Released in March, he was not with any NFL team in training camp. He was a fifth round pick in 2009 and won a Super Bowl ring as a rookie. He was a Pro Bowler and earned a Second Team All Pro selection in 2012. His career average per punt is 46.5 yards, although last year he produced the lowest average of his career at 43.1 yards. Morstead played in college at SMU.