Jets re-sign Mickens

The New York Jets announced today the signing of veteran cornerback Ray Mickens, as well as the signings of wide receiver Reggie Newhouse and cornerback Reed Rayshun. The Club also announced that quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and cornerback James Taylor have been waived.

Mickens, a 5-8, 180-pound cornerback, was selected by the Jets in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Texas A & M. At the time of his release, on August 8, 2005, Mickens was the longest tenured member of the Jets' defense and trailed only wide receiver Wayne Chrebet (11 years) for the longest tenure on the team.

Mickens has appeared in 126 regular season games for the Jets, making 36 starts, and accumulated 365 tackles, 79 passes defensed, 11 interceptions for 30 yards, six sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In addition to his regular season contributions, Mickens played in five postseason games for the Jets, making two starts, and adding 15 tackles and a pass defensed. Mickens scored the lone TD of his Jets' career in 1997 (9/21) when he scooped up a Cole Ford field goal attempt that had been blocked vs. Oakland and scurried 72-yards for the game winning TD to complete the scoring at 23-22. Mickens played the 2005 season as a member of the Cleveland Browns and recorded 30 tackles, recovered one fumble and defended 13 passes.

Newhouse, 6-1, 191 pounds, played two seasons in NFL Europe as a member of the Cologne Centurions. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals. Newhouse, a native of Dallas, TX, left Baylor as the school's all-time leading receiver with 183 receptions. His father, Robert, was a member of the Dallas Cowboys from 1972-83 and played a role on three Super Bowl winning teams. His father currently serves in the Cowboys' Human Resources department.

Rayshun, 5-11, 185-pound cornerback, was a three-year starter at Troy State. He finished as the school's all-time leader in defensive touchdowns with three. Rayshun entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2004 with the San Francisco 49ers. As a rookie, he appeared in seven games and posted six tackles. He was selected by the Hamburg Sea Devils in the second round of the 2006 Free Agent Draft.

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