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Jets sign ex-Steelers CB Curtis Brown

Brown, the team's 2011 third round draft pick, was out of football in 2014.

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The New York Jets signed ex-Steelers cornerback Curtis Brown Tuesday, in a move possibly connected with bolstering the depth of a depleted position unit in 2014.

Brown, who's lasting memory of playing cornerback in Pittsburgh is likely to be the rough outing he had on third downs at the hands of Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers in a 2012 loss to San Diego.

Rivers was 6-for-7 on third downs in the game with nearly all of them on targets defended by Brown. He was injured not long after that, and was released during the offseason.

Brown did not play in 2014 after playing the previous three seasons with the Steelers. He tore his ACL toward the end of the 2012 season, which probably dropped his stock in free agency. He was a third round draft pick in 2011, and was a decent special teams player. 

The Jets lost starters Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner early in 2014, and spent most of the season with the most banged-up secondary in the league. It still managed to put together enough to stop the Steelers during a Week 10 upset that put the Steelers at 6-4 on the season.