After a dismal 2007 season, the Jets appear to be in roster turnover mode, as it is being reported today that they are shopping around former first-round pick Dewayne Roberston. The New York Daily News states that the team feels that Robertson is too small to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme, and that he does not tie up blockers on a consistent basis.
Another big reason for the team looking to dump Robertson on someone else is the simple fact he’s costing the Jets a fortune, as he’s due to cost the team $11.2 mil against the cap, which is about one-tenth of the teams salary cap. So while the Jets were trying to see interest in Robertson at the combine over the weekend, a few teams were showing interest, with the Broncos leading the pack.
Seems like the Broncos are interested in anyone that can help the defense, as they already are reportedly close to landing a deal for Lions DE Shaun Rogers. Adding Rogers and Robertson before free agency even starts would put the Broncos well ahead of the pack of everyone looking to beef up their D-line.
Robertson was a first-round pick in 2003, and has been mostly a bust in his time in the Big Apple. He is due to make a whopping $9.8 mil this season, and in five seasons has just 14.5 sacks. He is signed to the Jets through the 2009 season if they remain stuck with him or decide to keep him and not cut him.