Von Oelhoffen leaves Pittsburgh
NEW YORK » The New York Jets agreed on a three-year, $9.2 million deal with defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen last night, his agent said.
The 12-year veteran spent the last six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started every game but one during his career there and finished 2005 with 3 1/2 sacks and 22 tackles.
His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said von Oelhoffen was impressed with new Jets coach Eric Mangini and his plans for the defense.
The Jets are going to use more of a 3-4 front, a good fit for the 35-year-old von Oelhoffen because that is also the Steelers' main formation.
"Leaving Pittsburgh was very hard, but he felt it was a great opportunity," Bartelstein said.
"He's the kind of guy they want to build the program around."
The Jets also agreed to a deal with Matt Chatham, a special teams ace who played for the Patriots the last six seasons.