FOXBORO MA - JANUARY 16: Mike DeVito #70 of the New York Jets tackles Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16 2011 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
"I want to be a Jet. I want to play for this team," said DeVito, whose roster spot is essentially assured because he is due $2.5 million guaranteed. "I’m excited about this year, the way the team is building up. I’m excited about the atmosphere, the people here. It’s setting up for a great year. I can’t get into contract specifics, but this is the team I want to play for, and I am grateful it worked out where I am able to be here."
I might roll my eyes when I hear diplomacy like this from somebody else, but Devito is a guy who has never had anything handed to him. He was an undrafted free agent from the University of Maine who worked his way up from the practice squad to a starting role on a team that got within a game of the Super Bowl. His demeanor will make things easier, and his presence will give the Jets an extremely deep defensive line.