Jets’ DeVito OK with new deal, glad to have Coples

Mike DeVito heard the speculation about his playing time as soon

as the Jets drafted Quinton Coples.

Even coach Rex Ryan declared the big rookie defensive lineman

from North Carolina a starter before quickly backtracking.

As far as DeVito is concerned, he’ll just keep going about his

business – even if it means fewer snaps.

”I’m glad to see that we got Quinton,” DeVito told The

Associated Press on Wednesday. ”I mean, the more talent we can

add, the better. I want to be on a team that has guys that want to

win and guys who can add to our defense, and he’s one of those

guys.”

One of the effects of Coples coming to the Jets was evident when

New York reduced DeVito’s salary this season by about $610,000

after drafting him No. 16 overall. The 27-year-old DeVito preferred

not to get into details of the negotiations involved in the new

deal, but several bonuses could allow him to recoup most of the

money from the original contract.

”Whatever it took that was best for me and my family and make

it work between the Jets and I was my main goal,” DeVito said.

”I’m glad it did work out that I could be here another year and my

focus is football.”

DeVito signed a three-year extension in 2009 – Ryan recently

pointed out it was the first player move the team made when he took

over as coach – that would have paid him $2.26 million in base

salary this season. Instead, he will earn a fully guaranteed base

of $700,000 in the final year of his deal but will receive several

bonuses that will make his total salary about $2.5 million this

season – $610,000 less than he was originally supposed to receive.

The new deal includes a $750,000 escalator that he can earn based

on playing time.

”I’m just glad we were able to come to an agreement, and that

was what was most important,” he said, adding that he has no

resentment or bitterness toward the team or Coples. ”As far as the

future, I really feel that it’s all about what you put out there on

the field, so if I go out there and play well and do what I’m

capable of doing, then I think everything will work itself out.

That’s the mindset I’m taking.”

DeVito has been a starting defensive end for much of the last

two seasons, a terrific run stopper who can play all along the

line. He signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of

Maine in 2007, and has played his way into becoming a key part of

Ryan’s defense. He intends to continue to be so this season, even

with Coples expected to play a lot as a rookie.

”Competition makes everybody better,” DeVito said. ”I could

get into what everybody’s saying or whatever. It’s about what I do.

I’m confident in my abilities and what I can do and what I can put

out there, so I’m not too worried about how everything will play

out and all that. I’m just glad we added a great player to our

defense.”

DeVito thinks he and Coples will be able to teach each other to

become better players, and added that new defensive line coach Karl

Dunbar will help everyone improve. The Jets have lots of depth on

the line, perhaps more than they’ve ever had since Ryan has been

coach with DeVito, Coples, Sione Pouha, Muhammad Wilkerson, Marcus

Dixon and Kenrick Ellis.

”It makes us so much more multiple up front and more versatile

when you add guys like Quinton,” DeVito said. ”You can put

different guys in different places and cause a lot of confusion for

offenses. All of those guys can play all the spots. I mean, Mo can

go and play nose, I can go out and play end in a three-technique.

Coples is going to be able to play all those spots. When you have

that, it opens everything up and there’s just so much you can do

with your defense.”