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Jets sign Barton, Barrett and Brien

Postby WebHamster » Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:00 am

Hempstead, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Jets responded Saturday with a pair of acquisitions, signing linebacker Eric Barton and cornerback David Barrett. The team also announced the re-signing of kicker Doug Brien.

After an unusual turn of events that saw free agent corner Antoine Winfield slip away, the Jets settled on Barrett, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals. The 26-year-old Barrett has spent his first four professional season in Arizona, recording six interceptions in 62 career games.

Barrett, who stands at 5-foot-10, will work opposite Donnie Abraham in New York.

Barton comes to the Jets after spending five years with the Raiders. The 26- year-old University of Maryland product recorded a career-best 131 tackles last season. In 2002, while helping Oakland to the Super Bowl, Barton had six sacks and 125 tackles.

With veteran linebackers Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones being salary-cap casualties last week, Barton is expected to move into the starting weakside linebacker spot.

Brien, meanwhile, was solid last season in his first year with the Jets, converting on 27-of-32 kicks. He did not miss on an opportunity from inside the 40-yard line.

The 10-year veteran has played for the 49ers, Saints, Colts, Buccaneers and Vikings throughout his career. He came into the league in 1994 and was part of San Francisco's Super Bowl championship team. Brien tied a Super Bowl record with seven extra points in the game.
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