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Jets Re-Sign Safety Chris Hayes

March 12, 2001

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Chris Hayes, who became the New York Jets’ starting free safety late last season, signed a 5-year, $5 million contract with the team Monday.

The Jets also added tight end Scott Slutzker, who sat out last season rehabilitating a knee injury.

Hayes is also a top special teams player. He has played five seasons in the NFL, four with the Jets. He played in just two games in 1996 with Green Bay but earned a Super Bowl ring with the Packers.

The Jets acquired the 28-year-old safety from the Packers for cornerback Carl Greenwood in 1997. He played mostly on special teams until the middle of last season, when he took over at free safety after two other players failed in the position.

Hayes performed well in the position, but the Jets looked elsewhere before re-signing him.

New York was interested in talking to Tampa Bay’s Damien Robinson, also a free agent. But Robinson’s price apparently was too high for New York, whose new coach, Herman Edwards, coached Robinson with the Buccaneers.

Slutzker, 28, played two seasons for Indianapolis and two for New Orleans. He has 15 receptions for 196 yards and one touchdown. He was injured in Game 14 of the 1999 season.

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