FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets signed veteran Ben Hartsock to a one-year contract Wednesday, filling their need for a blocking tight end, agent Mike McCartney told The Associated Press.
Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Hartsock spent last season with the Atlanta Falcons, who released him Tuesday. The Jets hadn't yet announced the signing, but they waived punter Glenn Pakulak on Wednesday.
Hartsock played his first two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and also spent two years with the Tennessee Titans. He has 27 catches for 273 yards in five seasons, but he will be counted on to be the blocking complement to pass-receiving tight end Dustin Keller in New York.
The Jets had been looking for someone among undrafted free agents Jack Simmons and Kevin Brock, converted defensive lineman Kareem Brown and offensive linemen Wayne Hunter and Rob Turner to seize the role as the prime blocking tight end.
It was unclear if Hartsock would play in the Jets' preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Meadowlands on Thursday night.
The Jets claimed Pakulak off waivers from the New Orleans Saints last Friday as competition for Reggie Hodges, who has withstood challenges from three other punters so far this summer.
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