Thursday, July 14, 2005
Jets also taking another look at Law
By John Clayton
The Jets are aggressively trying to fix the cornerback position on reports that Donnie Abraham is once again thinking about retiring.
They acquired cornerback Pete Hunter from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional pick, believed to be a seventh-rounder, Thursday. Hunter, who started six games over three seasons with the Cowboys, was in the process of moving to safety before the trade.
The Jets also have resumed conversations with former Patriots cornerback Ty Law. Law has the interest of eight teams, but he is still hoping for a $6 million a year contract.
The Jets' interest in Hunter started about six weeks ago. He will work at right cornerback on the other side of David Barrett.
At 6-feet-2, 208 pounds, Hunter is a big cornerback who can be physical. He passed his physical Thursday, which finalized the trade.
Last year, Hunter suffered a season-ending knee injury and went on injured reserve Sept. 30. A restricted free agent, Hunter signed a one-year tender to stay with the Cowboys.
In three seasons, Hunter has played in 30 games with three
interceptions, nine passes defended and two fumbles recovered. He
is an Atlantic City, N.J., native who likes the idea of playing
closer to home. The Jets also need depth at cornerback.
"Pete is a player we identified a few months ago as someone who
will provide depth to our secondary," Jets general manager Terry
Bradway said. "He's a big, physical corner, who will contribute on
defense and special teams. We believe he has upside, and that our
coaches can put him in position to make plays."
Hunter will play out the remaining one-year, $656,000 deal he
has now. Players report to training camp July 28.
"After talking to him and realizing he had passion and he
wanted an opportunity to start, we spoke to the Cowboys," said
Hunter's agent, Raymond Savage. "They were willing to make
something happen because they are fairly deep at corner."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.