This will be Hamilton's second stint with the Jets, having
played for them from 1996-99. The 12-year veteran spent two years
with the Raiders, recording 102 tackles, 2½ sacks and starting 28
games. But his chances of making the team were in doubt as Oakland
has lots of depth on the defensive line.
"Bobby has done good for this organization," Raiders coach Art
Shell said. "It would have been tough to keep him here. We wanted
to make sure we gave him every opportunity to go somewhere else and
get a chance."
The Jets were in need of help on the line, where they have some
depth problems. Linemen Sione Pouha and Tui Alailefaleula were
placed on injured reserve and Monsanto Pope left the team for
They have been busy making trades before the regular season
starts, with four deals in two days. On Thursday, they traded tight
end Doug Jolley to the Bucs and acquired tight end Sean Ryan from
the Cowboys. They also traded quarterback Brooks Bollinger to the
Vikings for defensive tackle C.J. Mosley.
Also Friday, the Jets signed defensive back Hank Poteat, who
played in the preseason finale later in the day against the Eagles.
Poteat spent the last two seasons with the Patriots and played for
current Jets coach Eric Mangini. New England waived him Tuesday.