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Jets cut veterans Cobb, Hansen

August 25, 1997

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ The New York Jets did some major roster shuffling Monday, cutting veterans Reggie Cobb and Brian Hansen among 10 moves.

Hansen, the team’s regular punter for the last three seasons and a 12-year veteran, was the Jets’ only punter for much of the preseason. He will be replaced by rookie Todd Kurz, claimed from the Minnesota Vikings.

Kurz was cut by the Vikings on Sunday after handling their punting chores for most of the preseason.

Cobb, a 1,000-yard rusher for Tampa Bay in 1992, joined the Jets last year and was used sparingly. He was expected to back up Adrian Murrell, but instead had his contract terminated when the Jets claimed fullback Jerald Sowell off waivers from Green Bay.

New York also added tight end John Burke and safety Corwin Brown, both of whom were cut by New England. Jets coach Bill Parcells coached them last year with the Patriots.

To make room for Burke, Parcells traded Tyrone Davis to the Packers for past considerations.

The Jets claimed linebacker Matt Finkes from Carolina after the sixth-round draft choice from Ohio State was cut by the Panthers.

Also released by the Jets was placekicker Joe Nedney, meaning rookie John Hall of Wisconsin won the kicking job.

``We’ve been looking for two different kinds of players,″ Parcells said, ``ones that will upgrade a position and, two, players that will give us depth at some spots. It goes back to what I said in the spring. We have to try to integrate younger, less expensive players on this team.″