Thursday, March 22, 2007
Jets sign free-agent DL Haynes from Saints
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets signed free-agent
defensive end Michael Haynes on Thursday.
Haynes, Chicago's first-round draft pick out of Penn State in
2003, was cut by the Bears before last season. Haynes was signed by
New Orleans after training camp, but was inactive for the Saints'
opener before being released.
Haynes, who switched to defensive tackle from end during the
preseason with the Bears, started four games in his three NFL
seasons, playing in 43. He has 5 career sacks and returned an
interception for a touchdown in 2004.
Haynes was the 2002 Big Ten defensive player of the year after
15 sacks as a senior for the Nittany Lions, and was the 14th player
selected overall in 2003. Haynes' value fell when the Bears
switched defensive systems two years ago under Lovie Smith.