"We are pleased to have John back as an active player," said GM Terry Bradway. "He provides our team with experience and leadership and we're excited about him continuing his playing career."
The highly respected veteran of 13 NFL seasons didn't play in 2001, instead opting to join the Jets on November 27 as the assistant offensive line coach. Elliott has enjoyed a long and productive 13-year playing career in the NFL, playing primarily at the demanding left tackle position. He played the first eight years of his career with the New York Giants (1988-95) and the last five (1996-2000) with the Jets.
Elliott perhaps may best be remembered by Jets' fans for his first career reception and first career touchdown in 2000 when he caught a 3-yard pass from QB Vinny Testaverde in the team's game seven "Midnight Miracle" 40-37 OT win over the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands. His diving, juggling reception on a tackle eligible play late in the 4th quarter and John Hall's subsequent point after conversion knotted the scoring at 37 apiece.
The signing of Elliott marks the second addition to the team's offensive line this off-season. Veteran guard Dave Szott signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 21.