Free-agent safety Keith Fitzhugh turned down an offer to join the New York Jets to remain a conductor with Norfolk Southern Railroad and stay on track financially while helping support his parents in Atlanta.
“I’ve got something now where I know every two weeks I’m getting a paycheck,” Fitzhugh said Tuesday night. “That’s what helps out the most right now. I don’t knock the Jets at all. I highly appreciate them.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan said the team was looking to sign a safety after Jim Leonhard was lost for the season last week with a broken shin and James Ihedigbo suffered a leg injury in New York’s 45-3 loss to New England on Monday night.
The 24-year-old Fitzhugh, who had stints in camp with the Jets the past two years, was contacted by the team but declined New York’s offer to return.
Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan finally reached the boiling point when the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was suspended without pay for the rest of the season.
Citing a litany of acts that add up to season-long insubordination, the Redskins suspended Haynesworth for “conduct detrimental to the club” and told him he’s not welcome for the team’s final four games — making it unlikely he will play for the club again.
The Cardinals placed quarterback Max Hall on injured reserve and signed former Redskins third-stringer Richard Bartel. The Steelers signed former Packers punter Jeremy Kapinos to replace the injured Daniel Sepulveda.