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Needing receivers, Jets sign Yatil Green

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NEW YORK — The Jets, in a nationwide hunt for a big target to replace Keyshawn Johnson, on Saturday signed Yatil Green, the Dolphins' No. 1 pick in 1997 who sat out the first two years of his career with knee injuries.

Drew Rosenhaus, Green's agent, said Saturday that Green had agreed to terms with the Jets on Friday and faxed a signed contract back to the team on Saturday. He said Green agreed to a one-year deal that will pay him $400,000 this season - $275,000 base salary and a $125,000 roster bonus - with the ability to make another $2.25 million in incentives.

Rosenhaus said it's a salary-cap friendly deal for the Jets and an excellent spot for Green. "The Jets need help at wide receiver, he has an opportunity to start and the games are on natural grass," he said. "I came away with the impression Yatil has an excellent chance to start."

Green, 6-2, 205, was Jimmy Johnson's No. 1 pick - the 15th overall in the '97 draft. But Green's rookie season ended on July 17, 1997, when he tore his the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice. He suffered another season-ending injury in training camp his second season when he ruptured the anterior cruciate graft in his right knee in practice on Aug. 19, 1998.

Last year, he finally got on the field, playing in eight games with one start, catching 18 passes for 234 yards. He was let go by the Dolphins last month. Green worked out for the Jets on June 29. Rosenhaus said the Patriots were the runnerup to sign Green and returning to the Dolphins had also been a possibility.

Green will compete with veteran Dedric Ward and rookies Laveranues Coles and Windrell Hayes for the starting spot opposite Wayne Chrebet. Ward was running first-team opposite Chrebet in the May minicamps and will certainly go into training camp first on the depth chart. The Jets begin two-a-day practices Friday.

Green caught 82 passes for 1,397 yards and nine TDs in his career at the University of Miami.

Cincinnati has not yet released Carl Pickens, but that is still expected to happen. When it does, the Jets still could be interested in signing him.

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