The New York Jets placed linebacker Brad Kassell on injured reserve, signed LB Blair Phillips and OL Thaddeus Coleman as free agents and waived OL Clint Oldenburg. The announcements were made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Kassell (6'3", 242) has played in 88 NFL regular-season games, making 34 starts, and has accumulated 302 tackles, 50 special teams stops, 11 pass defenses, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception.
Phillips (6'1", 248), originally signed as a free agent with Dallas in May 2007, was released by the Cowboys on Sept. 1. He led the Oregon Ducks his senior season with 105 tackles, including 56 solo stops.
Coleman (6'8", 308) originally signed with Arizona on April 27, then was waived by the Cardinals on July 31. In two full seasons as the left tackle starter at Mississippi Valley State, he registered 186 knockdowns, including 17 touchdown-resulting blocks, and allowed just 2.5 sacks and five pressures.
Oldenburg (6'5", 310) was signed to the Jets' practice squad on Sept. 20, 2007. He was selected by New England in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, waived by the Patriots on Sept. 1, signed to the Patriots' practice squad on Sept. 3 and released on Sept. 19. He played in 36 games (34 starts) on the Colorado State offensive line.