Shephard trade complete

The New York Jets have acquired CB Lito Sheppard from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for undisclosed conditional draft choices. The announcement was made by Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Lito Sheppard (5-10/194/Florida/Jacksonville, FL), a two-time Pro Bowler, comes to the Jets after seven years with the Eagles. He was originally drafted by Philadelphia 26th overall in the first round in 2002. He appeared in 93 games, starting 63, recording 256 tackles, 18 interceptions, three sacks, 49 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Sheppard has returned three interceptions for touchdowns, including two 100-yard returns. Only Sheppard and Ed Reed have multiple interception returns of 100-yards-or-more in NFL history.

"We acquired a veteran corner with Pro Bowl ability," said Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. "This young man has already gone to two Pro Bowls. He is a great athlete with the top end speed that we look for to play that position. We think he can match up with some of the best receivers in the game."

In 2008, Sheppard played in 16 games with three starts and contributed 23 tackles, one interception, five passes defensed and one forced fumble on an Eagles defensive unit that ranked third overall, yielding 274.3 yards per game. They allowed 289 points, fourth-fewest in the NFL, and recorded 29 takeaways, 15 interceptions and 14 fumbles recovered.

"I am excited to be joining the Jets organization," said Sheppard. "It is a fresh start, a new coach and a new system. I am looking forward to getting back to playing top notch football and bringing a winning attitude with me."

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