The salary-cap strapped New York Jets lost another defensive player to free agency on Tuesday. The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran defensive lineman Mike DeVito to a three-year, $12.6 million contract, according to USA Today.
Both the Jets and Buffalo Bills reportedly also had interest in DeVito. He was a quiet leader in New York’s locker room that head coach Rex Ryan wanted to retain. But the Jets have little wiggle room to spend in free agency and DeVito’s new salary was too rich. Buffalo also made a push for DeVito but failed. New Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was a former coach of DeVito’s in New York.
Earlier Tuesday the Jets cut fellow defensive lineman Sione Po'uha to save money on their salary cap. New York also cut safety Eric Smith and linebackers Calvin Pace and Bart Scott earlier this offseason.