posted on Sep, 5 2004 @ 12:32 PM
The New York Jets cut veteran tight end Mikhael Ricks and 11 others on Saturday.
Ricks, a six-year veteran, was signed in July, but wasn't going to get much time playing behind Anthony Becht and Chris Baker.
Ricks has 153 catches for 1,982 yards and eight touchdowns in his career, which includes stops in San Diego, Detroit and Kansas City.
"That was one of those hard deals," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "It comes down to how many running backs or tight ends we could keep and we were
vacillating on that."
The other players cut were linebackers Wes Bautovich and Ryan Myers, tight ends John Paul Foschi and Casey Cramer, running backs Ian Smart and Little
John Flowers, receivers Ken-Yon Rambo and Matt Dominguez, tackle Lance Nimmo, center Curt McGill and guard Jason Nerys.
Smart, Dominguez and Rambo helped rally the Jets from a 27-7 deficit to beat Philadelphia on Friday.
Rambo's 52-yard catch and run set up a 1-yard TD by Smart and Dominguez caught the game-winning touchdown with 8 seconds left for a 28-27 win.
But it was too little, too late.
"It's so hard to make the last cuts," Edwards said. "With some of these players we have to let go, we'll try to bring some of them back."
The team still has eight cuts to make, which Edwards said will be announced on Sunday.