NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- The New York Jets, looking for a strong safety and spurned by John Lynch, Monday signed free agent Reggie Tongue.
Shortly after Lynch's decision to join Denver became official Monday afternoon, the Jets announced the signing of Tongue, who played the previous four seasons in Seattle after spending his first four with Kansas City.
The 6-foot, 204-pound Tongue had 63 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, eight passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 2003. He has started 99 of his 155 career games, amassing 652 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, 14 interceptions and 45 passes defensed.
This was the second time the Jets have been snubbed during the free agent signing period. They also coveted cornerback Antoine Winfield, who signed with Minnesota, but ended up with David Barrett, formerly of Arizona.