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And the first "signing" of 2011 is ...

7/25/2011

Let the record show that the Jets' first acquisition of 2011 (at least the first one to come out publicly) is an undrafted free agent named Josh Baker, a tight end formerly of Northwest Missouri State. The Jets agreed to terms Monday night with Baker, according to NFL Draft Insider.

Teams can't begin to sign players until 10 a.m. Tuesday, per the post-lockout rules.

Because of the unusual circumstances, these UDFAs are going to be overhyped (at least until the veterans start signing), but Baker actually has an interesting back story. Baker (6-2, 244) caught 66 passes for 838 yards in his only season at NWMS -- previously, he played at Delaware, where he caught passes from Joe Flacco -- and sometimes lined up in the Wildcat package.

In fact, Baker scored three touchdowns as the "Wildcat." That, of course, will fuel the Brad Smith-is-a-goner speculation. Smith, as everybody knows, will be a sought-after free agent. The Jets also drafted a potential Wildcat, former TCU WR Jeremy Kerley. If you didn't know better, you'd think the Jets were preparing for Smith's departure. Maybe they are.