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Podium
03-22-2006, 11:12 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2379535

Jets sign WR Dwight to four-year, $4.2M contract

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

The New York Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj) have added a versatile playmaker to their offense and special teams units, signing unrestricted free agent wide receiver and return specialist Tim Dwight (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4343) to a four-year, $4.2 million contract that includes a $750,000 signing bonus.
The well-traveled eight-year veteran, who also drew interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=pit) as a free agent, played for the New England Patriots (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nwe) in 2005, and he will be joining his fourth NFL franchise overall and third team in three seasons.

In Dwight, the Jets are getting a veteran who has missed an average of 3.4 games per season to injury, but who still possesses some of the raw explosiveness with which he entered the NFL in 1998, and who can handle a lot of different chores. Dwight, 30, can serve as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, can return punts and kickoffs, and has even lined up as a nickel tailback in the past.


Dwight has averaged 16.1 yards every time he has touched the ball and has 32 plays of 40 yards or more during his career.

In 101 games, the former Iowa star has 172 receptions for 2,754 yards and 17 touchdowns, and 49 rushes for 340 yards and three scores. Dwight has returned 202 kickoffs for an average of 23.4 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and 162 punts for a 9.7-yard average and three touchdowns. With the Patriots in 2005, Dwight appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career and totaled 866 all-purpose yards. Used primarily on offense as a No. 4 receiver, he had 19 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

Earlier in his career, Dwight's kamikaze style often resulted in injury, but in recent seasons he had learned to play more under control.
One of the reasons Dwight chose to sign with the Jets is the presence of first-year offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was on the San Diego staff for part of the wide receiver's four-year stint there. He is also familiar with Eric Mangini from last year, when he was with New England and the Jets' first-year head coach was the Patriots' defensive coordinator.

Dwight will probably be the fourth wideout for the Jets behind Laveranues Coles (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5107), Justin McCareins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5572) and Jerricho Cotchery (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6867). He should relieve Cotchery, whose playing time figures to increase in 2006, of the punt return duties. And he might supplant second-year cornerback Justin Miller (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7233), another youngster who figures more prominently for New York this season, on kickoff returns.
A fourth-round pick of Atlanta in 1998, Dwight played three seasons for the Falcons, and had a kickoff return for a touchdown in the team's Super Bowl XXXIII loss. He was traded to San Diego in 2001 as part of the package that allowed the Falcons to move up in the first round and select quarterback Michael Vick (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5448). After four seasons with the Chargers, Dwight signed a one-year deal with New England last spring.

drangus
03-22-2006, 11:24 AM
4.2 million for 4 years is quite a contrast from the 18 million over 4 years he singed here a few years back

Shamrock
03-22-2006, 11:34 AM
...New York Jets ... signing unrestricted free agent wide receiver and return specialist Tim Dwight (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4343) to a four-year, $4.2 million contract that includes a $750,000 signing bonus.

I just don't understand that. He's an injury prone KR/PR who will only give a few quality plays on offense every 3-5 games - IF he stays healthy.

drangus
03-22-2006, 12:07 PM
I just don't understand that. He's an injury prone KR/PR who will only give a few quality plays on offense every 3-5 games - IF he stays healthy.


the NYJ are hooked on midget anglo WRs that are popular with fans--ala hofstra boy

Tomlinson21
03-22-2006, 01:42 PM
Timmy Dwight...his best years are over and done with. You go "Rudy"!!!!

drangus
03-22-2006, 02:08 PM
Timmy Dwight...his best years are over and done with. You go "Rudy"!!!!

few people have milked more out of less---you have to give the guy some credit for that

Tomlinson21
03-22-2006, 02:20 PM
few people have milked more out of less---you have to give the guy some credit for that
You're right, Drangus...:Beer: