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Jets Restructure Cowart’s Contract

February 27, 2003

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Linebacker Sam Cowart restructured his contract with the New York Jets, allowing the team to gain additional salary cap room.

General manager Terry Bradway said Cowart signed a new five-year deal.

Cowart had joined the Jets as a free agent from Buffalo. He was a disappointment for most of last season after missing 2001 with injuries.

``I think he’s going to be better. He started coming on at the end,″ Bradway said. ``When you look at the fact that he missed all of the 2001 season and was with a new team in 2002 you have to expect that. He has a chance to take the next step.″

Bradway said the Jets don’t expect to be too active in free agency this year after signing six new defensive starters last season. He said, however, that after the initial spending spree in the first week, he would be on the lookout for bargains.

He also seemed pessimistic about keeping starting right guard Randy Thomas, who is one of the more coveted potential free agents this season.

``You can’t pay everybody,″ Bradway said. ``We’d like to have Randy back. There might be better offers out there that he’s going to have to make a decision on.″

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