Friday, February 20, 2009

LBs Bowens and Kassell axed

Joining David Barrett on the unemployment list are linebackers David Bowens and Brad Kassell, as the Jets today released both. Bowens has been a valuable member of the Jets' linebacking corps the past two seasons as a situational pass rusher and a fill-in for David Harris, but he was due to make $2 million dollars, and that was simply too much to pay for a veteran backup linebacker when the team is so close to the salary cap. He will be missed on special teams as well, where he was a team captain.

Kassell was signed before the 2006 season, playing 32 games with Gang Green until a major knee injury ended his 2008 season before it ever began.

The Jets also signed the following players to reserve/future contracts.

CB Tyron Breckenridge
CB Marquice Cole
DE Sean Conover
LB Nate Harris
DT Nate Robinson

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