Jets sign free agents Jacoby Ford, Dimitri Patterson
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The Jets finally added more free agents, and neither one is DeSean Jackson. The team announced Tuesday the signings of former Raiders slot receiver and kick returner Jacoby Ford and former Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
Ford caught 13 passes for 99 yards in 14 games last season. He was injury-plagued in Oakland, sitting out 2012 with a foot injury and limited to eight games in 2011. Asked for a scouting report on the 5-9, 190-pounder, a league source said: "Always hurt. Average to below-average hands and doesn't play as fast as he runs.''
Ford, 26, averaged 14.9 yards on 57 receptions in four years in Oakland. He made an impact on special teams, returning four kicks for touchdowns, including a team-record three in 2010.
Patterson, 30, received a one-year contract for $3 million. He has played for the Redskins, Chiefs, Eagles, Browns and Dolphins since going undrafted in 2005. He appeared in only six games for Miami last season before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. He recorded four interceptions, six passes defended, 19 tackles and a sack.
After the release of cornerback Antonio Cromartie and the Giants' signing of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Jets are trying to bolster their secondary through free agency and the draft.
The Jets' return game also has been a concern in recent years. They signed Josh Cribbs last October in hopes the former Brown would add a spark, but Cribbs went on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 13.
Ford's familiarity with Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who had that job with the Raiders from 2009-11, helped bring him to the Jets.
The Jets, who appear to be steering clear of Jackson, had expressed interest in wideout Sidney Rice. But the team has not scheduled a visit with the former Seahawk, a source said.