New York Jets Sign Defensive Tackle Daniel Muir, Place Josh Mauga on IR

Rocco Constantino@@br_jets_reportContributor IOctober 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Dan Muir #90 of the Indianapolis Colts defends against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets announced that they have signed former Packers and Colts defensive tackle Daniel Muir.  In a corresponding move, they have placed Josh Mauga on the injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.

New York Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Mehta announced the move via Twitter.


Jets signed Daniel Muir, Rex announces

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 10, 2012


Muir is a 6'2" 322-pound defensive tackle who specialized as a run-stopper during his time with the Colts.  He started 28 games between 2009-2011 for Indianapolis, including 10 starts for the 2009 AFC championship squad.

Muir was the starting defensive left defensive tackle in Super Bowl XLIV for the Colts and registered one tackle and one assisted tackle during the game.

Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Packers out of Kent State in 2007, Muir appeared in three games as a rookie before being waived after the season.

The Colts subsequently scooped up Muir in the offseason to shore up their defensive line. 2009 was Muir's best season statistically.  He recorded 43 solo tackles and had a half of a sack while playing in all 16 games.

The 29-year-old was back with the Packers for their 2012 training camp, but was released on August 31.

Although he will be taking Mauga's spot on the roster, Muir gives the Jets much-needed depth at the defensive tackle position.  

Sione Pouha and Kenrick Ellis are both nursing injuries, leaving Mike DeVito and Damon Harrison as the team's only healthy defensive tackles.