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Jets trade McGraw to Lions; release Hunter

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2005) -- The New York Jets traded safety Jon McGraw to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick.

The team also released cornerback Pete Hunter, acquired in a trade with Dallas last month.

McGraw, 26, was in his fourth season with the Jets after being drafted in the second round in 2002 out of Kansas State. He had 102 tackles and three interceptions in 33 games, including seven starts, and was a regular member on special teams.

But McGraw was plagued by various injuries during his tenure with the Jets, including missing three games last season with a groin injury and one because of an abdominal injury.

He started six games in 2003 before a shoulder injury ended his season. McGraw had 43 tackles and an interception in 15 games during his rookie season.

Hunter, 25, was a fifth-round draft pick out of Virginia Union in 2002 by Dallas and had 43 tackles, three interceptions and one sack in 30 games.

He played in only three games last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and missed some time early in training camp with swelling in the knee.

The Jets acquired Hunter on July 14 for a conditional draft pick.

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