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Jets Sign Hilliard, Bowen

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The NY Jets continue an active offseason with two depth signings.

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The New York Jets have signed former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Cory Hilliard and former Washington Redskins defensive tackle Stephen Bowen.

Hilliard turns 30 years old in April.  He missed all but one game of the 2014 season with a Lisfranc injury, the same injury that effectively ended Santonio Holmes' career.  Hilliard is a 6' 6", 300 pound right tackle, originally a 6th round pick of the New England Patriots.  He has played in 47 games in his career, including 12 starts.  He also has occasionally lined up  as a jumbo tight end, taking 27 snaps in that role in 2013.

Bowen turns 31 years old this Saturday.  A graduate of Hofstra, Bowen is a 6' 5", 300 pound defensive end.  Bowen has played in 113 career games, with 56 starts. He has 98 career tackles, 12.5 career sacks, including six in 2011, and one forced fumble. He was a full-time starter from 2011 through 2013.

Bowen tore his PCL in 2013, which held him out for the start of the 2014 season, as he spent the first few weeks of the season on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list. He played in eight games last year, starting three games. He had 10 tackles and one pass defended for Washington in 2014.

Terms of the two contracts have not yet been released.