Jets sign Ferguson, others

<P>General Manager Terry Bradway announced today the signing of the following exclusive right free agents: safety Nick Ferguson, defensive tackle Giradie Mercer, linebacker Kelvin Moses, center/long snapper Dennis O'Sullivan, and cornerback Tony Scott. </P>

Ferguson, a third-year 5-11, 201-pound safety out of Georgia Tech, was second on the Jets in special teams tackles last season with 26. Ferguson also appeared in spot duty in the secondary, starting one game in place of the injured Damien Robinson, and recorded 17 tackles and a pass defended. He has played in 23 regular season games, including a postseason appearance, and recorded 23 tackles and, three passes defensed and an interception.

Mercer, a 6-2, 285-pound defensive tackle from Marshall, spent the first nine games of the season on the Jets' practice squad in 2001 before being signed to the active roster on November 17. He didn't appear in any regular season games.

Moses, a former rookie free agent in 2000, re-signed with the Jets last January and represented the Jets in NFL Europe last spring, where he was one of the league's leading tacklers. With the Jets in 2001, Moses saw the majority of his playing time on special teams units and finished the season with 15 special teams tackles.

O'Sullivan, a 6-3, 300-pound center/long snapper, went to training camp in 2001 with the Jets but was released on September 1. He was signed to the Jets' practice squad on October 4 and remained on the reserve roster until he was signed to the active roster on January 8, 2002.

The Tulane product and native of Suffern, NY has been a member of the Jets' practice squad in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Scott, a sixth-round draft selection of the Jets in 2000 out of North Carolina State, has played in 23 regular season games and a postseason contest during his two seasons with the Jets.

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