DE Richardson and S Smith join the Jets

Managing Editor
Posted Apr 16, 2012

New York is filling out its depth chart at two critical positions; safety and defensive end. Perhaps the Jets can capture lightning in a bottle as they did a season ago with linebacker Aaron Maybin.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced the signing of two free agents on Monday afternoon.

Defensive end Jay Richardson, a 2007 fifth-round draft selection by the Oakland Raiders and safety DeAngelo Smith selected in the fifth-round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2009 have both officially joined the Green and White.

While neither player saw significant NFL playing time last season, New York’s front office is looking to address its depth issues and build a formidable practice squad.

At 6’6" and 280 pounds, Richardson is the more proven player of the two seeing action in 55 career games (22 games started), posting 86 tackles and registering seven-sacks over that span.

As the Jets continue to scour the 2012 draft class for an impact pass-rusher and free safety to play opposite newly acquired strong safety LaRon Landry—they appeared determined not to leave any stone unturned.

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