ROPATI PITOITUA, defensive end Was born in Samoa and played...

ROPATI PITOITUA, defensive end
Was born in Samoa and played basketball in high school until he was introduced to football in his junior year. Credit: Newsday file photo

Ropati Pitoitua is one of the first post-draft casualties.

The Jets announced Wednesday that they waived the defensive lineman, who had 19 tackles and a sack in 2011 following Achilles surgery in the 2010 preseason.

Pitoitua's height -- 6-foot-8 -- was a plus, especially for head coach Rex Ryan. Upon his return from injury last year, Pitoitua received a one-year, $1.3 million contract extension through 2012 and a $150,000 signing bonus.

But the arrival of first-round draft Quinton Coples made him expendable. 

The team also officially announced the signings of former Rams kicker Josh Brown and long snapper Derek Chard, a UConn product who worked at Merril Lynch after being released from Steelers' camp last July.

Chard's got a pretty interesting story.

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