Jets hoping to re-sign DeVito
March, 9, 2013
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
As expected, the Jets are trying to re-sign DT Mike DeVito before he hits the open market Tuesday, according to sources.
Of all the Jets' unrestricted free agents, DeVito probably is the best bet to stick around, although he's drawing interest from a handful of teams. It's an interesting turn of events for DeVito, whose future became uncertain last year when the Jets drafted Quinton Coples in the first round. The Jets leveraged DeVito into taking a pay cut, and now they're poised to give him a pay raise. It's a credit to DeVito, who responded with a strong season. It also may speak to the team's concerns about their other interior linemen. Sione Po'uha is 34 with a bad back, and Kenrick Ellis has been slow to develop.
The Jets also would like to re-sign S LaRon Landry, but that's a long shot. Landry is looking for about $6 million per year, probably too rich for the Jets. Falcons S William Moore signed a five-year deal Saturday, receiving an average of $6 million per year over the first three. That could set the market.
Otherwise, it has been quiet on the free-agency front. The league, concerned about tampering, has issued multiple memos to the teams, warning them against breaking the rules during this new, three-day negotiating period.