Also announced on Friday was the release of cornerback Aaron Beasley. This was expected. Beasley had a inconsistent season and the Jets are looking to get faster in the secondary. His high salary also contributed to his release.
The Jets also signed CFL quarterback Ricky Ray. With the likely retirement of Vinny Testaverde, the Jets wanted to add a quarterback to compete with Brooks Bollinger for the backup job behind Chad Pennington. Ray is coming off a brilliant season in leading the Edmonton Eskimos to the 2003 Grey Cup Championship. He threw for 35 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions and finished with a 108.1 quarterback rating. He spent the last two seasons in the CFL after brief stints in the Arena League and with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State.