NEW YORK — The Jets have restructured defensive lineman Mike DeVito’s contract, reducing the veteran player’s salary this season after drafting Quinton Coples in the first round.
According to NFL Players Association records, DeVito, a former UMaine star (2006), will earn a fully guaranteed base salary of $700,000 instead of his scheduled $2.26 million in the final year of a three-year extension. But the 27-year-old DeVito 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.
The New York Post first reported the restructured deal.
Coach Rex Ryan has said Coples is expected to have a significant role in the defense this season, possibly reducing DeVito’s snaps.