Quinton Coples arrival in New York will most certainly spell less playing time for defensive end Mike Devito. Instead of begrudging the organization’s youth movement along the defensive line, DeVito has restructured his deal to become more cap-friendly. In the final year of his four-year contract extension, the former University of Maine product reduced his total compensation by an estimated $600,000.
The newly restructured deal guarantees DeVito $2.5M this upcoming season, creating a slim likelihood the Jets would release him as many had speculated up to this point. If DeVito reaches a certain playing time threshold, he is entitled to $750,000 escalator which would exceed his original contract payout.
Regarded as a premier run defender, DeVito has thrived under the tutelage of head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Jets plan on DeVito playing an integral role with New York as the organization looks to bounce back from the horrors of the 2011 season.