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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Jets fortify defensive backfield some more


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The New York Jets have added yet another cornerback, signing Donald Strickland to a three-year deal, ESPN.com's John Clayton has reported.

 Strickland

Strickland started two games last year for the San Francisco 49ers, making 39 tackles. He returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Jets have renovated a secondary that finished 29th in pass defense. They welcome back Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, respected safety Kerry Rhodes and Dwight Lowery, who started the first 10 games at cornerback as a rookie.

But the Jets knew they had to overhaul the rest of their defensive backfield. They've traded for Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard and signed free-agent safety Jim Leonhard from the Baltimore Ravens.

They also have met with former Ravens cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Corey Ivy.