Cowart, 30, concluded his third season with the Jets in January, his seventh season in the NFL. He originally broke into the NFL as a second-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills as the 39th player selected overall in the 1998 NFL Draft after a successful collegiate career at Florida State. He has played in 85 regular season games throughout his career, making 73 starts, and has recorded 809 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and four interceptions for 27 yards, as well as four fumble recoveries.
Cowart joined the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2002 and went on to start all 16 games at weakside linebacker, recording a team-high 154 tackles, as well as eight passes defensed. In 2003 he played in and started 15 games at weakside linebacker and made 145 tackles and seven passes defensed, as well as a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. This past season, the 6-2, 245-pound native of Jacksonville, FL switched to middle linebacker and started the first two games of the season before suffering a sprained left knee that sidelined him for the next six games. He returned to action in the middle of November and played two games before missing another game (Nov. 28 at Arizona). He returned to action for the Jets' final five regular season games and finished the season with 23 tackles and a forced fumbles.