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Jets re-sign 7
April 5th, 2005
The Jets announced the signing of seven veteran players today, most notably, DT Josh Evans who will try to fill the void left by the departure of DT Jason Ferguson to Dallas. The Jets announced the signing of seven veteran players today, most notably, DT Josh Evans who will try to fill the void left by the departure of DT Jason Ferguson to Dallas.

Re-signed besides Evans was UFA LB Kenyatta Wright, RFA WR Jonathan Carter, RFA G Jonathan Goodwin, RFA TE Chris Baker, ERFA G Dave Yovanovits and ERFA S Oliver Celestin. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Evans, 6-3, 280 pounds, will be entering his 10th NFL season in 2005 and is expected to return to the playing field after missing the final 15 regular season games and both of the Clubís playoff games of the 2004 season with a back injury. The native of Langdale, AL has played in 93 regular season games throughout his career and made 53 starts, while accounting for 301 tackles, 21.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He entered the league in 1995 as a rookie free agent with the Houston Oilers (1995-1996), moved with the team to Tennessee (1997-2001) and joined the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in 2002.

Wright, 6-0, 240 pounds, out of Oklahoma State, is entering his fifth NFL season and his third with the Jets and has established himself as the Clubís special teamsí captain and one of the leading special teams contributors in the NFL. A veteran of 59 regular season games, with two starts, Wright has racked up 83 career special teams tackles, along with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt on special teams, as well as 54 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed on defense. With 55 career special teams tackles in his two seasons with the Jets, Wright is already in sixth place on the franchiseís all-time special teams tackles list.

Carter, 6-0, 180 pounds, broke into the league as a fifth-round draft choice of the New York Giants in 2001. He joined the Jets via waivers on October 9, 2002 and has played in 25 regular season games, making his lone start last season, and has recorded 14 receptions for 266 yards for a 19.0 average and two touchdowns. He has also factored into the kickoff return department and returned 44 kickoffs for 1,060 yards (24.1 average) with a long return of 90 yards for a score (at Indianapolis, 11/16/2003).

Goodwin, a 6-3, 318 pounds, from the University of Michigan, was selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2002 Draft. The Columbia, SC native has played in 43 regular season games, making three starts (all in 2004 in place of the injured Brandon Moore). He also played in both of the teamís 2004 playoff contests, seeing the majority of his playing time on special teams. He will be entering the fourth year of his career in 2005 and will provide the team with dependable depth and versatility in the interior of the offensive line.

Baker, 6-3. 258 pounds, will be entering his fourth season, who was a third round selection of the Jets in 2002 out of Michigan State University. The St. Albans, NY native played in 44 regular season games through the first three years of his career and caught 34 passes for 333 yards (9.8 avg.) along with four touchdowns. In 2004, he posted a career high in every receiving category, including receptions (18), receiving yards (182), receiving average (10.1) and touchdowns (four). In addition to having appeared in both multiple tight end sets and in the teamís tight end rotation, Baker has served as a valued member of the Jetsí special teams units. He also has appeared in four postseason games throughout his career.

Yovanovits, 6-3, 294 pounds, was selected by the Jets in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft out of Temple. As a rookie in í03. he was inactive all season and then spent the first four weeks of the 2004 season on the teamís practice squad before being signed to the active roster prior to game five versus San Francisco on October 17. He appeared in four games this past season but was inactive for both of the Clubís playoff games.

Celestin, 6-0, 207 pounds, signed with the Jets as a free agent on November 19, 2004 and went on to play in the teamís final eight regular season games and both of the Jetsí playoff contests. The product of Texas Southern made five tackles on defense, contributed nine tackles on special teams and often worked himself into multiple defensive back sets late in the regular season.