Veteran safety Hawkins signs with Jets

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Safety Artrell Hawkins, who last played in 2006 with New England, signed with the New York Jets on Tuesday.

Hawkins, 31, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1998 draft. In nine NFL seasons, he started 92 of the 122 games he played and had 482 tackles and 11 interceptions. He played six season with the Bengals, one with Carolina and two with the Patriots.

He was released by New England in August.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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