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Jets Trade - Receive Backup QB


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets, still seeking a backup quarterback, obtained Rick Mirer from the Green Bay Packers on Friday for an undisclosed draft choice.

Mirer, the second overall pick in the 1993 draft, has never lived up to expectations, bouncing from Seattle to Chicago and then to Green Bay. He is expected to compete with Scott Zolak, signed as a free agent from New England, and Ray Lucas for the job as Vinny Testaverde's backup.

Mirer joined the Packers last Sept. 2 and was the Packers' third quarterback for 12 games, moving up to No. 2 when Doug Pederson was injured. This season, Pederson left for Philadelphia as a free agent, but the Packers deemed Mirer expendable because of the progress made by second-year man Matt Hasselbeck and rookie Aaron Brooks.

Lucas played much of the Jets' game last week with the Packers and Zolak was scheduled to see action against the Eagles on Friday night. The Jets' punter, Tom Tupa, has experience as a backup quarterback in Cleveland and Arizona.

Jets coach Bill Parcells was in New England when Mirer was drafted and scouted him extensively, but he took Drew Bledsoe No. 1, letting Mirer fall to Seattle.

In Mirer's six-year career, he has 867 completions in 1,626 attempts for 9,541 yards, with 41 touchdowns and 62 interceptions.

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