Coleman bolts, Aussie punter arrives

July, 29, 2011
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The Nnamdi Asomugha soap opera dominated Friday, but there were other comings and goings as well. Backup CB Drew Coleman, a role player over the last five seasons, signed a three-year contract with the Jaguars. The total value could range anywhere from $6.2 million to $7.4 million, according to a league source -- a nice score for a No. 3 corner.

The Jets made an offer to Coleman, according to a source. Interestingly, the negotiations with the Jaguars didn't heat up until mid-afternoon, when the Jets were in the middle of their Nnamdi vigil. We hear that secondary coach Dennis Thurman wasn't pleased at all with the Coleman loss.

Coleman never was the most consistent player in pass coverage, but he developed last season into a secret weapon on blitzes. He recorded four sacks, only one off the team lead, showing the ability to take down some of the biggest quarterbacks. In fact, he sacked the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger twice in their regular-season meeting.

If he had remained with the Jets, Coleman would've been the No. 3 or No. 4 corner, probably behind Darrelle Revis, the other starter (fill in the blank) and perhaps Kyle Wilson.

On Friday night, the Jets came to terms with former Bucs P Chris Bryan, according to his agent. The 6-5, 220-pound Bryan, nicknamed Bear, is from Melbourne, Australia, and played in the Australian Football League, a la Ben Graham. He has only four games of NFL experience, all last season with the Bucs. He will compete with T.J. Conley for the punting job.

The Jets' old punter, Steve Weatherford, signed Friday with the Giants.

Also Friday:

• The Jets signed three of their six draft choices -- RB Bilal Powell (fourth round), QB Greg McElroy (seventh) and WR Scotty McKnight (seventh).

• As expected, they released QB Erik Ainge, who missed last season as he battled drug and alcohol additions. Ainge announced recently his plans to retire from football. They also released QB Mark Brunell and waived QB Kevin O'Connell, but you knew that already.

• They signed two undrafted free agents -- OL Curtis Duron (Missouri State) and CB Jeremy McGee (Ole Miss.)

• Lastly, former Jets No. 1 pick Vernon Gholston signed with the Bears. He's the new Monster of the Midway. Not.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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