The New York Jets announced today the signing of unrestricted free agent linebacker Barry Gardner.<p>
Gardner, a 6-1, 245 pound six-year veteran of the NFL, comes to the Jets after having most recently played the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He broke into the NFL as a second round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 after a standout collegiate career for the Northwestern Wildcats. For his career Gardner has played in 94 career games, making 23 starts, and has compiled 266 career tackles, 116 special teams stops, seven passes defensed, along with two sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception and one fumble recovery.
In 2004, Gardner appeared in 14 games, while missing two contests midway through the season due to a groin injury, and registered 31 tackles and started the final five games of the season. He had a season-high 14 tackles in game 14 vs. San Diego and recorded his first career interception in game 12 at Cincinnati when he snared a Carson Palmer pass and returned the ball 30-yards to the Cincinnati one-yard line.
Gardner, a native of Harvey, IL was a walk-on at Northwestern and went on to become the school's second all-time leading tackle leader with 468 tackles and first with seven fumble recoveries.