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Jets deal CB Strait to Browns for RB Suggs

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets got the running back
help they needed Monday, acquiring Lee Suggs from the
Cleveland Browns in exchange for defensive back Derrick Strait.

Derrick Strait Strait

Lee Suggs Suggs

With Curtis Martin on the physically-unable-to-perform list
because of a lingering knee injury, the Jets were desperate to get
another back on the roster. Derrick Blaylock and Cedric Houston
were taking most of the plays at running back, but neither is the
type of player who can shoulder the entire rushing load.

Martin's future is less certain. He underwent surgery on his
right knee in December, and has yet to recover fully. He has yet to
practice, and reports have said he has a "bone on bone" condition
in his knee. But Martin continues to rehab, and said last week he
wants to play this season.

Suggs hasn't been able to stay on the field for the Browns, who
selected him in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. At various
times in his pro career, Suggs has been sidelined by injuries to a
shoulder, neck, toe, ankle and thumb.

The speedy 6-foot, 213-pounder appeared in only seven games as a
rookie because of a shoulder injury he sustained at Virginia Tech.
In his final game that season, he ran for 186 yards and two
touchdowns.

Suggs won a starting job in training camp in 2004, but hurt his
neck in the final preseason game and was inactive for the first
three games of the regular season. He returned to play in seven
games before missing three straight with a toe injury.

He finished '04 with 744 yards and two touchdowns.

Suggs hurt his ankle during the preseason last year and missed
Cleveland's first two games. He dressed in Weeks 3 and 4 but
injured his thumb and was inactive for six weeks.

Suggs has rushed for 1,048 yards and four TDs as a pro.

Strait was a third-round pick in 2004 but has been a backup in
his two NFL seasons. During camp, he moved over to safety in the
absence of Erik Coleman, out after an appendectomy. Strait had 31
tackles last season, but has yet to notch his first career
interception.

"It's a great opportunity for Derrick," said his agent,
Michael Lartigue. "They know what kind of player Derrick is. Lee
Suggs is a great running back. It's a fresh start, change of
scenery for both Derrick and Lee."

Strait will bring some immediate and needed depth at cornerback
for the Browns.

Daylon McCutcheon recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery
and may not be back in time for the Sept. 10 season opener against
New Orleans. Gary Baxter strained his left pectoral muscle on the
first play from scrimmage Thursday in the preseason opener in
Philadelphia and is expected to be out three to four weeks.