Throwback Thursday: Free Agent Signing: Roman Phifer

With the free agency period in full swing, it seemed appropriate to use “Throwback Thursday” to look back at a free agent signing.

It was March of 1999. The Jets were coming off of their run to the AFC title game and were looking to add a veteran linebacker. Roman Phifer was just the guy that Bill Parcells felt the team needed. On March 6, 1999, after seven years with the Rams, Roman Phifer was signed to a three-year, $8.9 million contract to join the Jets.

Here are his career stats. The bottom line holds his totals from his two years with the Jets:

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
1991 23 RAM rlb 58 12 5 2.0 24 0 2
1992 24 RAM RLB 58 16 14 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 66 0 6
1993 25 RAM RLB 58 16 16 0 0 2 10 0 117 0 6
1994 26 RAM RLB 58 16 15 1.5 2 7 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 79 17 8
1995 27 STL RLB 58 16 16 3.0 3 52 0 25 0 1 1 0 0 0 87 38 9
1996 28 STL RLB 58 15 15 1.5 104 18 7
1997 29 STL RLB 58 16 15 2.0 57 18 7
1998 30 STL RLB 58 13 13 6.5 1 41 0 41 0 1 1 0 0 0 57 14 6
1999 31 NYJ ROLB 56 16 12 4.5 2 20 0 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 36 14 6
2000 32 NYJ ROLB 56 16 10 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 32 13 5
2001 33 NWE RLB 95 16 16 2.0 1 14 0 14 5 2 0 2 0 0 72 21 7
2002 34 NWE RLB 95 14 14 0.5 0 0 1 0 0 69 40 6
2003 35 NWE LLB 95 16 15 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 67 33 8
2004 36 NWE lb 95 13 1 1.5 1 26 0 26 2 0 0 1 0 0 30 10 2
2005 37 NYG 55 2 0 0
Career 213 177 29.0 11 163 0 41 12 10 2 8 10 0 897 236 85
8 yrs RAM-STL 120 109 16.5 7 103 0 41 0 3 2 4 10 0 591 105 51
4 yrs NWE 59 46 4.0 2 40 0 26 12 3 0 4 0 0 238 104 23
2 yrs NYJ 32 22 8.5 2 20 0 16 0 4 0 0 0 0 68 27 11

Although he did not take the team back to the heights they achieved in 1998, he was a solid starter for the New York Jets for two seasons. After the 2000 season, that team in New England signed Roman, where he played the next four seasons.

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