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New York Jets offseason News and Notes 5/23/12

As the NFL season quickly approaches, the New York Jets have been making a ton of moves to make sure that they have a team that will contend for an AFC playoff spot in 2012, as General Manager Mike Tannenbaum is starting to put the pieces of the final roster together.

The Jets announced on Tuesday, that they have waived linebacker Eddie Jones and safety DeAngelo Smith. Jones played one game with the Jets, at New England (10/9/11), and spent time on both the Jets and Rams practice quads in 2011. Jones re-joined New York as a reserve/future free agent (4/16/12).

Smith, meanwhile, entered the NFL as a fifth-round selection of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 draft. The safety spent time with the Cowboys, Browns, Bears and Lions.

Replacing Smith as the safety will be Yeremiah Bell, who entered the NFL after being selected in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Bell signed a deal with the Jets on Saturday.

In eight seasons, Bell has posted 537 tackles, 11 sacks, six interceptions, 45 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Bell was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl after recording 113 tackles, 1.5 sacks, nine passes defensed and a career-best three interceptions.

Gang Green also made two additions to their behind –the-scenes staff as on Friday, as Jeff Bauer joined the Jets as the Director of College Scouting and Kevin Kelly as an area scout with the team.

Guard Terrence Campbell was also signed to the team, as the Austell, GA-native joins the Jets as an undrafted free agent.

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