Hunter played in only three games last season after tearing the anterior
cruciate ligament in his left knee. He asked for a trade following the
2004 season, after sliding on the depth chart behind free-agent
acquisitions Anthony Henry and Aaron Glenn, and Terence Newman.
In three seasons, Hunter has played in 30 games with three
interceptions, nine passes defended and two fumbles recovered. He is an
Atlantic City, N.J., native who likes the idea of playing closer to
home. The Jets also need depth at cornerback.
"Pete is a player we identified a few months ago as someone who will
provide depth to our secondary," Jets general manager Terry Bradway
said. "He's a big, physical corner, who will contribute on defense and
special teams. We believe he has upside, and that our coaches can put
him in position to make plays."
Hunter will play out the remaining one-year, $656,000 deal he has now.
Players report to training camp July 28.
"After talking to him and realizing he had passion and he wanted an
opportunity to start, we spoke to the Cowboys," said Hunter's agent,
Raymond Savage. "They were willing to make something happen because they
are fairly deep at corner."