Jets Notebook: Kendall gets five-year deal

Free agent center Pete Kendall signed a cap- friendly deal with the Jets.

Kendall will not receive a signing bonus as part of his new contract because the Jets could not afford the salary-cap hit this close to the start of the season, but the contract does guarantee him $6 million. It calls for $9 million over the first three years, with a potential ceiling of five years at $20 million.

After 18 teams initially expressed interest in Kendall, the guard's final decision came down to three teams, all of which presented him with $9 million for the first three years. Kendall's agent Neil Schwartz declined to name the other teams, but the Lions are known to have had interest.

Schwartz implied that geography played a role in his decision, as both Kendall and his wife grew up in the Boston area, and they live in Marshfield, Mass., with their three children.

Kendall will not practice against the Giants Saturday and is expected to take his first reps with the team on Monday…

Safety Reggie Tongue, who has missed most of camp with a calf injury, is improving and could be available for tomorrow's practice with the Giants in Albany, head coach Herman Edwards said. In Tongue's absence, fifth-round pick Erik Coleman has been a quick study with the first-team defense, and Tongue should not expect his job back by default.

"The good thing (about the Jets' multitude of seemingly minor injuries) is that we have a bunch of young guys who are going in there and getting a lot of reps … it gives the opportunity for another guy to step up," Edwards said. "That is the Wally Pipp story. Wally Pipp is alive in America. If you give someone else an opportunity, you never know, you may not get your job back."…

First-round pick, linebacker Jonathan Vilma (calf) practiced for the first time in several days, participating in both the morning special teams practice and the afternoon practice in shells. He was still favoring his left leg…

Wide receiver Santana Moss continues to sit with his sore hamstring and will not practice in Albany…

Quarterback Brooks Bollinger continues to struggle. He was intercepted on short pass by safety Omar Lowe who would have been ready to streak down the sideline for a touchdown. He also overthrew an open Johnathan Reese in the flat…

John Abraham has struggled as the outside linebacker in the 3-4 when he is forced into pass coverage. Thursday, he was burned by on a 25-yard pass from Chad Pennington to Jerald Sowell

Edwards has spoken with excitement throughout the week about the inconvenience of the Albany trip.

"In football, I always say you try to create inconvenience, and this is a little bit of inconvenience waking up at 4:30 in the morning and going on a three-hour bus ride and practicing," Edwards said Friday. "I want to see how the guys function in that environment."

When asked if the Giants would consider coming to Hempstead next year, Edwards said: "We will keep going up there as far as I am concerned. I like to put the pressure on us to be quite honest." …

This is the second time Edwards and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin have arranged a joint practice. When Edwards was with Tampa Bay the team went up to Jacksonville for a similar day.

The relationship between the two goes back to Edwards' days as a cornerback for the Eagles when Coughlin coached the wide receivers for a year.

"He was there my second year and I used to drive him crazy," Edwards said. "I would cover some routes and start hollering, 'You better coach him better than that now!' He would come back and say, 'We are going to get you.' He was a good coach." …

Defensive tackle Josh Evans returned to practice in the afternoon …

Edwards said the only serious injury in camp is running back Derrick Ward's high ankle sprain. He said he expects all of his players with hamstring injuries to be back sometime next week. They are: wide receivers Ken-Yon Rambo and Lawrence Hamilton and linebacker Eric Barton…

Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet (groin) and defensive end Kevin Fales (knee) sat out again…

Don't expect to see any Jets signing footballs or calling their agent after scoring a touchdown. At least not if they want to stay in the game.

Players who bring foreign objects onto the field, such as wide receiver Terrell Owens with his marker or receiver Joe Horn with his cell phone, will be ejected, NFL officials told Jets players and members of the media in separate sessions Thursday.

"If you pull out a sharpie, you're gone," official so-and-so told members of the media in an afternoon session on rules changes for the upcoming season. Officials met with players earlier in the day.

The league is also taking a tougher approach to choreographed celebrations that include two or more players. Such displays will now draw 15-yard penalties…

Instant replay will be slightly revamped, as coaches who successfully challenge two plays in a half will be awarded a third challenge if they have at least one timeout remaining…

Changes regarding actual play on the field include a restriction on punt returners that had been proposed initially by Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff. Now, when a returner calls for a fair catch, he will not be allowed to advance the punt even if it bounces first. Officials will also be looking more closely for defensive holding on wide receivers. If a player's jersey is stretched at the hands of an opponent, it will be a five-yard penalty and automatic first down. This is an old rule that the league has decided to enforce…

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