Jets claim Kaare Vedvik, cut Taylor Bertolet in kicker shakeup

The Jets have a new kicker.

The team claimed Kaare Vedvik off of waivers from the Vikings, according to a source. Vedvik’s release was a big surprise since Minnesota traded a fifth-round pick to the Ravens for him two weeks ago. But Vedvik went 1-for-4 on field goals in two preseason games with the Vikings and they decided to cut him.

With Vedvik in the fold, the Jets cut Taylor Bertolet, who spent the final three weeks of the preseason as their kicker after Chandler Catanzaro retired.

Vedvik was one of four players new Jets general manager Joe Douglas claimed on Sunday. The Jets also were awarded WR Braxton Berrios (Patriots), DE John Franklin-Myers (Rams) and DB Bennett Jackson (Ravens), according to a source.

Berrios was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2018, but spent his rookie season on injured reserve. He can return punts as well as play slot receiver.

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Franklin-Myers was a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2018. He played in 16 games as a rookie and had two sacks in the regular season. He also sacked Tom Brady in the Rams’ Super Bowl loss.

Jackson was a sixth-round pick of the Giants in 2014. His career has been plagued by injuries and Baltimore cut him Saturday. He has played cornerback and safety in his career.

The Jets have until 4 p.m. to make corresponding moves to create roster spots. The release of Bertolet clears one. Offensive lineman Brent Qvale, who suffered a knee injury early in training camp, is expected to be put on injured reserve to clear another.

Jachai Polite, the third-round pick waived by the Jets on Saturday, went unclaimed. He was signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad.

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