Jets release LBs Bowens, Kassell

Updated: February 19, 2009, 8:51 PM ET
Associatted Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets released veteran linebackers David Bowens and Brad Kassell on Thursday.

Bowens, a special teams captain last season, played in 32 games with seven starts in two seasons with the Jets. A popular player in the locker room, Bowens filled in last year at inside linebacker when David Harris was injured. He had 31 tackles, four sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.

Bowens, 31, signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2007 after seven seasons with Miami.

Kassell, 29, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury after two seasons as a special teams standout for New York. He played in 32 games with two starts for the Jets after signing as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 following four seasons with Tennessee.

The Jets also signed cornerbacks Tyron Brackenridge and Marquice Cole, defensive end Sean Conover, linebacker Nate Harris and defensive tackle Nate Robinson to reserve-future contracts.