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Evans return to Jets is short lived

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets
April 27th, 2005
After re-signing with the team a few weeks ago, DT Josh Evans feels that his injured back is not healthy enough to play and has decided to retire.

ALSO: A boatload of the latest pre-minicamp tidbits including the possible shipment of CB Ray Mickens to Dallas.

Evans return to Jets is short lived. After re-signing with the team a few weeks ago, DT Josh Evans feels that his injured back is not healthy enough to play and has decided to retire.

Several sources are confirming Evans’ retirement although it has not yet been officially announced by the team.

Evans, 32, had reportedly joined the team’s off-season conditioning program shortly after he was re-signed and realized his injured back could not handle the workload. When he told the Jets he was hanging it up, they quickly re-signed veteran FA James “Tank” Reed to help fill the void. They also drafted 6’4” 325 Lb Sione Pouha of Utah in the third round this past weekend who is an intriguing prospect that they hope can mold into a dominant NFL run stopper next to veteran Dewayne Robertson.

The retirement of Evans ends a bumpy road with the Jets that began in 2001 after he served a one year drug suspension while with the Tennessee Titans. During his tenure with Gang Green he served another drug suspension in 2003 and was out for most of last year due to surgery on his back. When he was on the field he did play well and was one of the most popular veterans in the locker room. He’s rumored to be staying with the team possibly on the scouting staff.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: Although the official list of undrafted free agents signed by the Jets will not be released by the team until the end of the week, the following players have been reported by various sources to have been signed: OT Issac Snedd (North Dakota State), LB Mondone Davis (Delaware), LB Dennis Haley (Virginia), WR Eddie Jackson (West Virginia), FB Austine Nwabuisi (Kansas), OT Henry Tellis (Troy) and K Xavier Beitia (Florida State). A few more players will likely be added by week’s end.

-The Jets will be holding their first minicamp this weekend which will include veterans and rookies. The camp is open to invited local media only and not the public.

-With the drafting of Ohio State K Mike Nugent on Saturday, Doug Brien’s days as a NY Jet could end as early as this week. Reports say that Brien will be at Hofstra on Friday for the team’s first minicamp but only to gather his belongings. He will be released soon after. The Vikings are a rumored interested party in Brien’s services.

-It’s uncertain if FB Jerald Sowell, who has not participated in the team’s off-season program due to unhappiness with his contract, will attend minicamp this weekend.

-DE John Abraham, who by rejecting his one year tender offer is not currently under contract with the Jets, is not allowed to participate in this weekend's minicamp.

-The drafting of sixth round pick TE Joel Dreessen of Colorado State who also is a formidable long snapper, may signal that veteran TE/LS James Dearth's days as a Jet could be numbered. Besides his long snapping skills, Dreessen was a big part of CSU's passing game and could fit in well to the Jets offensive system. Dearth is rarely inserted on offense. He also comes a lot cheaper that Dearth who is scheduled to make $540,000 this year.

-Former Jets All-Pro CB Aaron Glenn who was lost to the Texans in the expansion draft of 2002, was released yesterday by Houston. Although there had been some talk about him possibly returning to the Jets to add depth, he was quickly signed to a two year deal on Wednesday by Bill Parcells in Dallas.

-It also appears that Jets CB Ray Mickens is on the Tuna's radar. The Dallas News is reporting thet Dallas is close to trading 3 year veteran CB Pete Hunter to the Jets for the 32 year old Mickens. Both players are coming off of knee injuries that ended their seasons last year but Hunter, 24, is eight years younger than Mickens. Hunter was originally a fifth round pick out of Virginia Union by Dallas in 2002 started three games for the Cowboys last year before his injury.

Check back to Jets often for all the latest NY Jets news and full coverage and pictures of minicamp this weekend!

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