Jets sign two players to future contract

The Jets signed two players to reserve/future contracts on Friday, and one of them has the potential to start at right tackle next year.

Inked to deals were OT Wayne Hunter (Hawaii) and DT Thomas Johnson (Middle Tennessee State).

Hunter was a very highly-rated player in the 2003 draft. He was picked in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks, and was the fifth offensive tackle taken in those selection meetings.

He was a reserve for most of his three years with the Seahawks. One reason his stay in Seattle ended was a domestic violence charge. Hunter then went on to Jacksonville, where he spent the 2006 season. A knee injury kept him out of football last year.

As for his off the field issue, he readily admits he had a serious anger management problem, but counseling over the last few years has helped him turn the corner.

The Jets right tackle position is wide open for next year, and Hunter could be a legitimate candidate for the Jets. He's a 6-5, 303 pounder with very good athletic ability for his size. The Somoan is also extremely tough and could turn out to be a great signing for the Jets if Hunter truly has his act together.

Johnson was an underdrafted free agent out college, who spent one season each in Dallas (2005) and Houston (2006). He was cut by the Texans last summer and was out of football this year.

Johnson is 6-2 and around 300 pounds, and has experience playing the 3-4 from his time in Dallas under Bill Parcells.

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