Former Jets All Around

Bill Parcells has brought more than his fair share of his former players to Dallas.

Perhaps as long as Bill Parcells is in Dallas, the Cowboys will continue to look like New York Jets West.

To be fair, two former Jets who were on last year's team will not return in 2005: quarterback Vinny Testaverde and running back Richie Anderson.

Still, a number of former Jets will be Cowboys next season, including two free agent pickups -- defensive tackle Jason Ferguson and cornerback Aaron Glennn.

Glenn is the latest to join the fold, signing with Dallas one day after being released by the Texans for salary cap reasons.

Add in holdovers defensive end Eric Ogbogu and receiver Keyshawn Johnson and the Cowboys have four former Jets on their roster.

It also must be noted that newly hired defensive backs coach Todd Bowles, who most recently worked in Cleveland, also worked for Parcells with the Jets.

Considering the fascination with the former Jets, you would think these players had contributed to a Super Bowl run or something when they were in New York.

But alas, their best season was an AFC title game loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos back in 1998.

Johnson, however, says Dallas Jets is not born of a situation where Parcells is trying to look at for his former players. He said none of them would be in Dallas if they couldn't still play and contribute to a winning team.

Glenn, who had been scheduled to make $4 million this season before he was released by the Texans, signed a two-year, $2.76 million contract with the Cowboys to be their third cornerback.

He earned two of his three Pro Bowl berths during Parcells' three seasons with the Jets. He could have gone elsewhere or stayed with the Texans in a nickel role but he came because of Parcells.

"If you want to win, if you want to compete, it really draws you to him," Glenn said of Parcells, who has had 10 of his former players reunite with him for one or more seasons in Dallas. "Me, being the type of person I am, wanting to win, it works good for me."

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