Green gone, Mickens stays

The New York Jets announced today that they signed veteran CB Ray Mickens to a multi-year extension, signed P Daniel Pope to a free-agent contract and terminated the contract of veteran SS Victor Green.

Mickens, a 5-8, 184-pound seven-year veteran from Texas A&M, recorded a career-high 74 tackles last season while starting three regular season games at LCB and appearing in all 16 regular season games. He also racked up 11 passes defensed in 2001, the second most of his career. Mickens has played his entire career in a Jets' uniform after being selected in the third round of the 1996 draft after a standout collegiate career at Texas A&M. 

 "Ray had a very productive 2001 season for us," Jets general manager Terry Bradway said. "He has been a valued member of this organization since he was drafted in 1996. We look forward to Ray having continued success with the Jets."

Pope punted in one game for the Jets last season and kicked 4 times for 153 yards (38.3 avg.) with two kicks downed inside the 20. He originally signed with New York on September 26, 2001 after being released by Cincinnati on September 2, 2001. The 5-10, 203-pound Pope played complete regular seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 2000. In that span (32 games), Pope punted 195 times for 7,993 yards for a 41.0-yard average and 34.1 yard net.

Green, one of the most accomplished defensive backs in New York Jets history, came to the Jets as an undrafted free agent from Akron in 1993. Nine seasons later, the 5-11, 210-pound Green's 964 tackles rank fourth in club history and his 24 interceptions place him in a four-way third place tie in Jets' annals. Green has started 108 consecutive regular season games in a Jets' uniform at strong safety – the longest active streak among Jets' players. He led the Jets in tackles in four seasons (1995, 96, 98, 99) while finishing second in stops twice (1997, 2000). Green's 207 tackles in 1996 led all NFL defensive players and in that same season, he led Jets' defenders in tackles in 13 of 16 games.

 "We value the contributions Victor has made to the New York Jets," Bradway said. "Unfortunately we are in a position that calls for us to make difficult personnel decisions and like many other teams in the NFL, we have to explore every avenue in an effort to reconfigure our roster."

In other player moves today, the Jets tendered contract offers to restricted free agents G David Loverne and WR-KR Craig Yeast. The Jets also extended tender offers to exclusive rights free agents TE James Dearth, FS Nick Ferguson, NT Giradie Mercer, LB Kelvin Moses, C/LS Dennis O'Sullivan, CB Tony Scott and TE Daniel Wilcox.


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