The New York Jets have signed free agent RB Rodney Kinlaw and free agent DB Nate Lyles and waived LB Jerry Mackey. The announcements were made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Kinlaw (5'9", 210), an undrafted free agent from Penn State, compiled 1,655 yards and 12 touchdowns on 323 carries in 45 career games. He posted 1,329 yards and 10 TDs in 243 carries his senior season in 2007, averaging 5.5 yards per carry as he put up the ninth-best single-season rushing total in Nittany Lions history.
Lyles (6'0", 199), a three-year starter at safety for Virginia, finished with 160 tackles and four interceptions. He had 68 tackles as a senior. He originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Jets on May 2 and was waived on July 22.
Mackey (6'1", 233) has served several stints with the Jets. His most recent signing with the team was on July 29. Previously, he was signed to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 31, then was waived April 25. He originally joined the Jets as a rookie free agent on Aug. 4, 2007.
Mackey played four years with Syracuse, recording 202 tackles (106 solo), three sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. He earned All-Nassau County and All-Long Island honors as a senior at Freeport HS and is a great-nephew of NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey.