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Greg Salas spent the first six weeks of the season on the Eagles' practice squad before signing with the Jets on Tuesday. (AP)
All Greg Salas wanted was a chance. He finally got it. It just wasn’t with the team he expected.
Salas, who spent the first six weeks of this season on the Eagles’ practice squad, signed with the Jets Tuesday.
The Jets must keep him on the 53-man roster for at least three weeks -- or pay him the pro-rated portion of his third-year minimum-wage contract, which is $37,058 per week.
“It’s an opportunity, and that’s what I’ve been waiting for,” Salas said as he walked out to the NovaCare Complex parking lot after practice Tuesday and prepared to head to the Jets’ complex in Florham Park, N.J.
“I was hoping that opportunity would come here, but that didn’t happen, so I’ll go up there and get to work.”
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was Salas' offensive coordinator with the Eagles last year.
The Jets are his fourth organization, following stints with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles.
“It was frustrating being on the practice squad and not getting a chance to play,” Salas said. “The thing that was tough was that I got hurt (leg strain) and that set me back.”
Salas, originally a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2011, had a very good training camp and caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the preseason games. But the Eagles released him on final cuts, and he’s been on the practice squad ever since.
Practice squad players are unrestricted free agents, free to negotiate with other teams at any point.
The Eagles signed former Michigan State star B.J. Cunningham to their active roster on Monday ahead of Salas (see story), a move that was believed to be a reflection of the Eagles’ belief that Cunningham is a superior special teams player than Salas.
The Eagles claimed Salas on waivers from the Patriots last Nov. 23, and though he was on the active roster for six weeks, he never got into a game. They released him on Aug. 31 and signed him the next day to their practice squad.
Back in 2011, Salas caught 27 passes for 264 yards in just six games playing for Steve Spagnuolo’s St. Louis Rams before suffering a season-ending broken leg.
The Jets on Tuesday also signed former Pro Bowl receiver and returner Josh Cribbs along with undrafted rookie tailback Miguel Maysonet out of Stony Brook, who was with the Eagles during spring minicamps.
The Jets placed both wide receiver Clyde Gates (shoulder) and running back Mike Goodson (knee) on season-ending injured reserve.