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Jets Acquire CB Sheppard From Eagles

Team also re-signs guard Brandon Moore



    Jets Acquire CB Sheppard From Eagles
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    Say goodbye to Philly, Lito Sheppard. The cornerback has been signed to the New York Jets.

    The New York Jets have acquired two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard from the Philadelphia Eagles for undisclosed draft picks.
    The deal was completed Saturday after New York re-signed guard Brandon Moore earlier in the day and signed former Baltimore linebacker Bart Scott on Friday.

    Sheppard, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Eagles, will help shore up a Jets secondary that ranked 29th against the pass last year despite having Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and playmaking safety Kerry Rhodes.

    Sheppard, 27, saw his role reduced last season as he started only three games with Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown in the starting lineup. The former first-round pick out of Florida made the Pro Bowl in 2004 and '06.

    Green-and-white had a busy Saturday, inviting Moore back to the offensive line after a deal for his replacement fell through.

    The Jets re-signed the right guard to a four-year, $16 million deal a day after Pittsburgh left guard Chris Kemoeatu turned down an offer from New York and returned to the Steelers.
    “At the end of the day, when it was said and done, who did they come back to and who ended up there?'' Moore said. “I ended up back with the team I wanted to be with. ... We worked it out at the end.''
    The 28-year-old Moore agreed to terms Friday after being cut Thursday by the Jets, who were due to pay the seven-year veteran a $7 million roster bonus under his former contract.
    “When it happened, I wasn't bitter,'' Moore said. “I've played long enough and I've seen people come and go and I've listened to people's stories and I understand the business side of it. I wasn't upset, honestly. I felt comfortable knowing I could get a job somewhere and knew I was still going into the prime of my career and felt good about my play.''
    The move comes a day after the Jets made a big splash in free agency, signing former Baltimore linebacker Bart Scott to a six-year, $48 million deal. New York is also reportedly in talks to acquire cornerback Lito Sheppard from Philadelphia for draft picks.

    Moore, considered the team's best run blocker, helped pave the way for Thomas Jones to lead the AFC in rushing last season. The Jets' entire offensive line will return this year.