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Jets sign ex-49ers CB Strickland

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets signed free-agent cornerback Donald Strickland on Wednesday, adding another new face to their revamped secondary.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Strickland, who played the last three seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, is expected to serve as a backup to projected starters Darrelle Revis and Lito Sheppard and play in nickel and dime packages in New York.

New Jets head coach Rex Ryan has added Strickland, Sheppard and safety Jim Leonhard to a defense that ranked 29th in the NFL against the pass last season while allowing Ty Law and Hank Poteat to become free agents and cutting David Barrett.

Strickland was a third-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2003 and also has played with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 162 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 49 NFL games.

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