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Jets obtain Carolina DE Kris Jenkins

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins of the Carolina Panthers Friday was traded to the New York Jets for undisclosed draft picks.

The trade of the 28-year-old former University of Maryland product was expected after he fell out of favor with Panthers' coach John Fox and his staff for missing off-season workouts and being well above his anticipated playing weight.

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"I am thankful for my experiences in Carolina and am looking forward to working with my new teammates and coaches in New York," Jenkins said in a statement.

Jenkins, a second round pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Panthers, has 290 tackles and 20 1/2 sacks in his seven-year career. Last season, he recorded 2 1/2 sacks and 52 tackles while playing in all 16 games.

"Kris is a productive player who is stout at the point of attack and has the ability to rush the passer," said Jets coach Eric Mangini.

The move clears about $3 million in Carolina's salary cap space and the Panthers are also expected to receive a fifth-round draft pick.

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