Jets relieved to have Robertson
Updated: May 30, 2003, 11:42 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The New York Jets traded both of their first-round choices to jump up and select Dewayne Robertson with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft. Likened to Warren Sapp, Robertson appeared to be the perfect fit for the Jets' defensive scheme, which is modeled after Monte Kiffin's setup in Tampa Bay.
But there may have been another reason they targeted him as their top choice -- the tenuous status of defensive tackle Josh Evans. When the Jets signed Evans prior to last year's training camp, Evans had just successfully avoided a year-long suspension for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. Evans was second on the team with six sacks, and the Jets were so pleased with him they paid a $3 million option bonus in March, which triggered the final three years of his contract. But recent events show the team's faith in Evans may have been misplaced.
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