After John Lynch signed with Denver, the Jets turned to Reggie Tongue to start at strong safety.
Tongue, a 6-0, 204-pounder, joins the Jets after finishing his eighth NFL season with 63 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, eight passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Tongue was originally selected in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft out of Oregon State University by the Kansas City Chiefs. He has played in 155 games, making 99 starts, and recorded 652 tackles, nine and a half sacks, snared 14 interceptions, 45 passes defended and scored three touchdowns while playing with the Kansas City Chiefs (1996-1999) and the Seattle Seahawks (2000-2003).
"Reggie was one of the players we targeted at the strong safety position," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "He adds toughness and leadership to our defense, and has proven to be a productive and durable player."
"There is definitely a positive energy with the Jets and I feel I can add to it, and help this team win," said Tongue. "It's a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to being a presence on the field."