Long snapper James Dearth joins Redskins
In nine seasons with the New York Jets, James Dearth, who signed with Washington Saturday, did his job the way a long snapper should -- he was consistent and consistently unnoticed. He didn't miss one game over the nine seasons -- that's 144 consecutive contests -- despite the physicality of the sport and his personal turbulence off of it in 2009.
Prior to last season his grandfather passed away and his father, a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in July and given one to three years to live. Then on Nov. 13 his mother died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest at 57. The Jets told him he could miss as many days as needed. He missed two.
The Jets decided to cut the Tarleton State product in the offseason to go "younger and cheaper," in the words of Rex Ryan, who admitted Saturday afternoon that Dearth's replacement has made some "concerning" mistakes, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
"When you're there that long, it feels like home so it hurt a little bit but at the same time it's a job too so you gotta look at it that way," Dearth, 34, said.
Evidently worried about the inconsistency at practice of their own new long snapper, Nick Sundberg, Washington brought Dearth, a 1999 sixth-round draft pick, in for a workout last week. The team announced they signed Dearth on Sunday.
"It's always a point of discussion," special teams coach Danny Smith said. "We have competition at every position. We discuss personnel at every meeting so we've discussed it all along."
The Redskins, which released 39-year-old Ethan Albright after nine seasons earlier in the offseason, were the only team to contact Dearth since the Jets let him loose.
"Yeah, it was [a relief to sign]," said Dearth, who has a touchdown reception on his resumé. "Because you just being around the guys, you miss the competition so it was getting the call and being able to come out and compete."
Washington now has two long snappers in the fold, a rarity in recent years due to Albright's consistency. Dearth said the Jets brought in competition every year he was in New York and the competition with Sundberg will be far from cutthroat.
"We're friends...I look at this not only as a job opportunity but an opportunity to build a relationship with people," Dearth said. "To me that's what life's all about."
August 15, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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