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Jets Obtain Mirer From Packers

August 21, 1999

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New York Jets, still seeking a backup quarterback, obtained Rick Mirer from the Green Bay Packers on Friday for a conditional draft choice.

Mirer, the second overall pick in the 1993 draft, has never lived up to expectations, bouncing from Seattle to Chicago and then to Green Bay. He is expected to compete with Scott Zolak, signed as a free agent from New England, and Ray Lucas for the job as Vinny Testaverde’s backup.

``We’re trying to create some options at the second quarterback spot,″ Jets coach Bill Parcells said. ``I talked to Rick today and I didn’t make him any promises.″

Mirer joined the Packers last Sept. 2 and was the Packers’ third quarterback for 12 games, moving up to No. 2 when Doug Pederson was injured. This season, Pederson left for Philadelphia as a free agent, but the Packers deemed Mirer expendable because of the progress made by second-year man Matt Hasselbeck and rookie Aaron Brooks.

Lucas played much of the Jets’ game last week with the Packers and Zolak finished 10-of-22 for 90 yards in a 10-9 win over the Eagles on Friday night. The Jets’ punter, Tom Tupa, has experience as a backup quarterback in Cleveland and Arizona.

Parcells was in New England when Mirer was drafted and scouted him extensively, but he took Drew Bledsoe No. 1, letting Mirer fall to Seattle.

``I liked what I saw then in Rick, but it wasn’t close when we took Bledsoe,″ Parcells said. ``That was seven years ago, anyway. A lot of things have changed.″

In Mirer’s six-year career, he has 867 completions in 1,626 attempts for 9,541 yards, with 41 touchdowns and 62 interceptions.

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