"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."