HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -Tony Richardson, the fullback who spent most of his career opening holes for Priest Holmes in Kansas City, signed with the New York Jets on Thursday.
Richardson, a 13-year veteran, played with Minnesota last season and made the Pro Bowl for the third time. He also made it with the Chiefs in 2003 and 2004.
He is the latest addition to a team that has been one of the most active in the NFL during the week of free agency, signing guard Alan Faneca, defensive end-linebacker Calvin Pace and offensive lineman Damien Woody and trading for defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.
For his career, Richardson has rushed for 1,601 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 201 receptions for 1,498 yards and nine TDs.
``Tony will serve as a tremendous asset in both the running and passing game as well as on special teams,'' Jets coach Eric Mangini said. ``With nearly 200 games of NFL experience, he is a consummate professional who will serve as a great resource for our younger players.''
Richardson, who played at Auburn, spent his first 11 seasons with the Chiefs and the last two with the Vikings.
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