Jets get Law on their side with key signing

By Times wire
Published August 9, 2005

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Ty Law stood on the sideline with his Jets helmet in his right hand, and watched intently as his new teammates practiced.

Once a member of one of New York's biggest rivals, Law appeared right at home in his new green and white uniform.

"It was basically a dream come true," Law said Monday.

The four-time Pro Bowl cornerback agreed to a multiyear contract with the Jets after helping New England win three Super Bowls in 10 seasons.

"There is nothing else to prove as far as I'm concerned with New England," the 31-year-old said. "I had 10 great years and three championships there, so the proof is in the books. Now it's time to go into the new chapter in my life and prove to the Jets that I'm worth everything they are willing to put out for me."

The deal could be worth as much as $28.5-million for the first three years and as much as $50-million over seven years, agent Carl Poston said. "I think this team is on the verge of doing something very special, and that's why I wanted to join them," Law said.

And the Jets couldn't have been happier to welcome a player of Law's caliber. Running back Curtis Martin, who played with Law in New England during his first three seasons, actively recruited Law to come to New York.

Law took a physical, worked out for the team and participated in warmups. He gives the Jets a shut-down defensive back who will start at left cornerback, which was vacated when former Buc Donnie Abraham retired shortly before camp.

Bears down Fins in Fame game

CANTON, Ohio - Rookie Kyle Orton riddled Miami's third-string defense with two late touchdown drives, lifting Chicago past the Dolphins 27-24 in the Hall of Fame game.

The fourth-round pick from Purdue connected with Carl Ford for a 43-yard score with 7:23 left. After Olindo Mare was short on a 54-yard field goal, Orton guided Chicago 56 yards, keyed by a 34-yard pass to Eddie Berlin.

The Bears got a strong showing from second-round pick Mark Bradley. The former Oklahoma receiver had a Hall of Fame game record 131 yards on five receptions. Another rookie QB, the Dolphins' Brock Berlin out of Miami, marched his team to the 15 before being intercepted in the end zone in the final seconds.

That spoiled the debut of Dolphins coach Nick Saban and Ricky Williams' return to the lineup. Williams had 8 yards on five carries.

RB Westbrook joins Eagles

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - While one key to Philadelphia's offense made his camp debut, another was absent for the third time in four days.

Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook ended his weeklong holdout and practiced with the team for the first time at Lehigh University. But All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens was sidelined after reinjuring his left groin Sunday, an injury initially sustained Thursday.

Westbrook, who did not speak to reporters, had been holding out for a long-term contract after signing a one-year restricted free-agent offer for $1.43-million.

"I did have a visit with him and it went well," coach Andy Reid said. "We mainly talked about football. He was anxious to get back out here and get himself going and playing and catching up on the things that he missed."

Westbrook had little choice but to report by Monday because he risked forfeiting a year of service if he stayed out any longer. Then he would have been unable to become an unrestricted free agent next season.

Owens suffered inflammation in his left groin. "It felt good (Sunday)," Reid said. "Toward the end it started to get a little tight on him in the second practice. It's the same as it was the day before. We got to go back to the drawing board here."

Receiver Todd Pinkston was placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon. The team also announced it will retire former defensive end Reggie White's No.92 during a ceremony in December.

BROWNS: Offensive lineman Marcus Spears, an 11-year veteran who signed as a free agent during the offseason, was released.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Andy Stokes was waived. He was "Mr. Irrelevant" in the 2005 draft, the title given to the last player selected.

RAVENS: First-round pick Mark Clayton practiced for the first time after ending his five-day holdout. Also, Jamal Lewis reported, six days after the Pro Bowl running back was released from a halfway house after a federal drug-conspiracy conviction.

STEELERS: Running back Duce Staley had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. Coach Bill Cowher expects him to miss a month.

VIKINGS: Holdout defensive end Erasmus James, the team's first-round pick from Wisconsin, reached a contract deal.