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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jets set to add free-agent FB

By Rich Cimini

Now the Jets have two "Hard Knocks" stars at fullback.

Joining incumbent John Conner is former Bengal Fui Vakapuna, who is expected to sign with the Jets, a source confirmed. Vakapuna, a seventh-round pick of the Bengals in 2009, was one of the featured "long shot" players in the 2009 "Hard Knocks" series. The following summer, of course, Conner received considerable air time as a rookie in the Jets' training camp.

Vakapuna has no NFL game experience (he also has spent time with the Colts and Cards), but the Jets wanted to add competition at fullback. Conner didn't light it up in his first season as a starter. Just recently, GM Mike Tannenbaum raised eyebrows when he said Conner was on the team "for now."

Sports Business Journal first reported the Vakapuna agreement.