The New York Jets announced Friday the signing of defensive back Bruce Thornton. The Jets also waived defensive back Jovon Johnson. The announcements were made by Jetsâ€™ General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.Â
Thornton, 5-10, 195 pounds, entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2004 draft. He has played in 13 NFL games, one in his rookie season as a member of the Cowboys and 12 in 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers. He has recorded 32 tackles, two interceptions, and ten passes defended. As a three-year starter at Georgia, Thornton collected 129 tackles, 21 passes defended and four interceptions. A native of La Grange, GA, Thornton also gained 230 yards and three touchdowns on 47 carries playing tailback as a freshman.Â
Johnson, 5-9, 180 pounds, signed with the Jets on Tuesday, August 1 after a four-year career at the University of Iowa. The native of Erie, PA, ranks third on Iowaâ€™s all-time career interceptions list with 17, one shy of the school record. He also led the Big Ten in 2005 with a 17.4 punt return average and ranks second in school annals in passes defensed with 32.