The Jets also announced that they have waived first year running back Chad Brinker.
McKenzie, a 6-6, 327-pound Willingboro, N.J. native and graduate of Penn State University, will be entering his fourth season with the New York Jets in 2004. He has started every regular season game the past two seasons (2002-2003) and has played in 40 career regular season games for the Green and White, as well as two postseason contests. McKenzie has been a model of consistency as a starter, having been charged with just two penalties over the past two seasons (both in 2003). He joined the Jets as a third round draft choice in 2001 after a successful collegiate career in Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions.
Brinker, a 5-10, 205-pound running back from Ohio University, was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets on May 2, 2003. The Martins Ferry, OH native was released by the Jets on August 25, 2003 and was re-signed by the Jets on January 6, 2004 and allocated to NFL Europe, where he has played for the Cologne Centurions. To date, he has rushed 15 times for 86 yards (5.7 avg.) with a long run of 33 yards and three receptions for nine yards.
Brinker was going to be a candidate for the Jets open kick returner job this summer.