Barton flies to Jets

For the second time in as many days, the Oakland Raiders have lost a key member of their defense.

One day after losing defensive tackle Rod Coleman to the Atlanta Falcons, linebacker Eric Barton has signed a free agent deal with the New York Jets.

The 26-year old Barton was a key member of the Raiders' defense that helped them win the 2002 AFC championship. Perennially one of Oakland's leading tacklers, he had 131 tackles last season, when the Raiders struggled defensively.

The Raiders selected Barton in the fifth-round out of Maryland in 1999, Barton was a weakside linebacker for Oakland, and figures to start there for New York.

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