By David D. Clarke, Associated Press The Middletsowns, a football franchise of the Connecticut River Valley, announced Monday that they will return to NFL play for the third time in five years.
The team will be a member of the New York Jets, which will play its home opener against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans on Sunday.
The Mids will be playing in their first game of the season at Rutgers Stadium in the Rutgers-New Brunswick Football Complex.
The franchise was formed in 2006.
Middleton’s coach, Steve Worsley, said Monday that the Middlestowns have made the right decision by returning.
The announcement comes a day after the team announced that it has signed veteran offensive lineman Brandon Odom to a contract extension through 2019.
Mids quarterback John Koehn, who started five games for the team last season, is in his third season as a starter and was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
He is a former defensive tackle for the Mids and was a finalist for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season.
The Broncos cut Koehm on Saturday.