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
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
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.”