Mike DeVito signs with Chiefs; Jets release Sione Po'uha
For the Jets, the start of free agency signaled more roster departures than roster arrivals.
Hours after the Jets released nose tackle Sione Po'uha, according to a source, another source confirmed to Newsday that former defensive tackle Mike DeVito signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday.
The deal, worth $12.6 million, reportedly includes a $4.2-million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $850,000 2013 base salary.
The Jets had hopes to re-sign the unrestricted free agent, but DeVito garnered a lot of interest from other teams. DeVito is now reunited with Bob Sutton, the Jets' former linebackers and assistant head coach who was hired as the Chiefs' new defensive coordinator this offseason.
DeVito, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007, was a force against the run during his Jets tenure and has developed a reputation as a lunch pail kind of guy. But now, the Jets will have to plug the holes left by both him and Po'uha.
Po'uha, a locker-room favorite, had been nursing a back injury since the preseason and missed four games in 2012. After signing a three-year, $15-million deal last March, he was due a fully guaranteed $4.9-million base salary March 15. Po'uha's cap number would have been $6.167 million, but the Jets save $3.8 million by cutting him now.
Holmes restructures deal
Per NFLPA records, Holmes' new base salary is $7.5 million and cornerback Antonio Cromartie's restructured contract dropped his base salary to $840,000. Holmes was set to earn $11 million this season, including $7.5 million guaranteed. He also carried a $12.5-million cap number. He finished with 20 catches for 272 yards and one touchdown in 2012 after suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury in Week 4.
Former Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson is scheduled to meet with the Jets Wednesday, a source confirmed to Newsday. The Jets' offense was anemic in 2012 thanks in large part to injuries to Holmes and Dustin Keller. Gibson, a 6-foot receiver, caught 51 passes for 691 yards and five touchdowns last season . . . Free-agent S LaRon Landry reportedly will meet with the Colts . . . The Jets would like to re-sign free-agent LG Matt Slauson, but according to a source, he's garnered attention from the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys.