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Report: Jets sign former Chargers NT Garay
The Jets now have their replacement for Sione Po'uha.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets signed former Chargers free agent Antonio Garay to a one-year deal. The financials of the deal are not yet known.
Garay, 33, started 28 games for the Chargers between 2010 and 2011 and had 16 tackles and one sack in eight games for San Diego last season. He was drafted in the sixth-round (195th overall) by the Browns in 2003, but didnt start a game until 2010.
Garay -- who grew up in Rahway, N.J. -- was signed to the Jets practice squad back in October 2009, but the Chargers plucked him off their p-squad two months later.
Po’uha, a locker room favorite, had been nursing a back injury since the preseason and missed four games in 2012. He made 10 starts.
Po’uha – who signed a three-year, $15 million deal last March – was due a fully-guaranteed $4.9M base salary on March 15. Po'uha's cap number would have been $6.167 million, but the Jets saved $3.8 million by cutting him this week.
The Jets also lost free-agent defensive tackle Mike DeVito earlier this week. He signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs.
News of Garay's signing was first tweeted by WFAN radio host Craig Carton.