Trade with Raiders sends DE Hamilton back to Jets
This will be Hamilton's second stint with the Jets, having played for them from 1996-99. The 12-year veteran spent two years with the Raiders, recording 102 tackles, 2½ sacks and starting 28 games. But his chances of making the team were in doubt as Oakland has lots of depth on the defensive line.
"Bobby has done good for this organization," Raiders coach Art Shell said. "It would have been tough to keep him here. We wanted to make sure we gave him every opportunity to go somewhere else and get a chance."
The Jets were in need of help on the line, where they have some depth problems. Linemen Sione Pouha and Tui Alailefaleula were placed on injured reserve and Monsanto Pope left the team for personal reasons.
They have been busy making trades before the regular season starts, with four deals in two days. On Thursday, they traded tight end Doug Jolley to the Bucs and acquired tight end Sean Ryan from the Cowboys. They also traded quarterback Brooks Bollinger to the Vikings for defensive tackle C.J. Mosley.
Also Friday, the Jets signed defensive back Hank Poteat, who played in the preseason finale later in the day against the Eagles. Poteat spent the last two seasons with the Patriots and played for current Jets coach Eric Mangini. New England waived him Tuesday.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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