HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets, shaken by the absence of their two starting wide receivers, Thursday signed free agent Harold Carmichael, who was released in the spring after a standout 13-year career with Philadelphia.
Wesley Walker, the Jets' top receiver, has held out from training camp for 19 days and Lam Jones is out 8-to-10 weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in Saturday's pre-season opener against Cincinnati.
Carmichael, 34, played 180 games with the Eagles, catching 589 passes for 8,978 yards and 79 touchdowns. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder had 35 receptions last season for 540 yards and four TDs but was released May 11.
The Eagles, who have cut several veteran players in an off-season youth movement, drafted All-America receiver Kenny Jackson of Penn State on the first round and plan to team him with All-Pro Mike Quick.
'One of the things we have been worried about is lack of experience at wide receiver,' said New York Coach Joe Walton. 'I'm not displeased with our young guys but Harold has been an outstanding receiver. We will evaluate him over the last two games. He has always been a tough guy over the middle and very valuable inside the 10-yard line because of his size and strength. He has better speed than you would think for a guy of his size.'
Carmichael holds the NFL pass-catch streak of 127 games with at least one reception. The streak was broken at Dallas in 1980.