"James was our first signee last year as a free agent," Bradway said. "He's our long snapper and backup tight end who contributed in our two-tight end sets last season. We look forward to James continuing his career as a Jet."
Dearth, a second-year player out of Tarleton State University (Texas) played in every game for the Jets in 2001, including the AFC Wild Card Game at Oakland. He totaled three catches for ten yards and a touchdown, coming on a one-yard grab in a win over Cincinnati.
The 6-4, 270-pound native of Scurrey, TX added seven special teams tackles from his long snapper position.
Originally drafted in the sixth round in 1999 by Cleveland, Dearth appeared in two games for the Browns and spent the majority of the 2000 season on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad before signing with the Jets as a free agent before the 2001 season.