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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Keith Fitzhugh explains turning down Jets

By Tim Graham

The New York Jets denied Associated Press and Newark Star-Ledger reports that had them offering a roster spot to Keith Fitzhugh, a free-agent safety who turned them down to keep his job as a train conductor.

The Jets claimed they invited Fitzhugh to serve on the practice squad, a job which would pay substantially less than being on the 53-man roster. Newark Star-Ledger reporter Jenny Vrentas tweeted Fitzhugh thought he could be on the real roster.

The Jets signed safety Emanuel Cook on Wednesday to help them overcome injuries to safeties Jim Leonhard and James Ihedigbo.

Fitzhugh appeared on ESPN via satellite from Atlanta to discuss turning down the Jets.