Jets release veteran LBs Bowens and Kassell, sign five

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets released veteran linebackers David Bowens and Brad Kassell on Thursday.

Bowens, a special-teams captain last season, played in 32 games with seven starts in two seasons with the Jets. A popular player in the locker room, Bowens filled in last season at inside linebacker when David Harris was injured. Bowens had 31 tackles, four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

Bowens, 31, signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2007 after spending seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Kassell, 29, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury after two seasons as a special-teams standout for the Jets. He played in 32 games with two starts for the Jets after signing as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 following four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

The Jets also signed cornerbacks Tyron Brackenridge and Marquice Cole, defensive end Sean Conover, linebacker Nate Harris and defensive tackle Nate Robinson to reserve-future contracts.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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