UPDATE: Jets Deal Robertson To Broncos
Another veteran player has switched teams as the NFL draft inches closer.
The New York Jets traded defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson to the Denver Broncos on Thursday. The compensation to the Jets is a conditional 2009 draft choice, believed to be a midround pick, dependent upon Robertson’s playing time.
Jets’ defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson visited the Nova Care Complex on Friday(nothing beats 2 day old news). The Eagles worked Robertson out, and gave him a physical. They don’t have to say it, but these actions obviously mean they have some serious interest in Robertson, and may trade for him in next weekends NFL draft.
The 26 year old Robertson has become expendable since the Jets have now traded for Kris Jenkins and converted to a 3-4 defense. Dewayne was the 4th round pick in the 2003 draft, and has not quite lived up to those draft expectations. Many feel he has the talent to be great though. There have been some questions about the health of Robertson’s knees, but he has only missed 3 games in his 5 year career.
Robertson would have to compete with current starters Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley. Even as a backup he would likely see the field a lot, because of the way the Eagles like to rotate their defensive lineman.
Jason from the J-E-T Press saw a Robertson trade weeks ago. He reported that there have been talks with the Denver Broncos, and that Eric Mangini has lead on that there are trade possibilities in the works.
The biggest obstacle right now is that Robertson will have to restructure his big contract for a trade to work. He is counting $12 million on the Jets salary cap right now. That figure needs to drop before anything gets done.
I would expect Robertson to get traded sometime this week, or during the draft. I will keep people updated as soon as I know what happens(hopefully not 2 days late).
I think Dewayne Robertson can be a solid addition to a position of need for the Birds. Bunkley and Patterson both had great years, but it would really help if they could be spelled by another productive player.
>>Jets’ Robertson meets with Eagles (The News Journal)
>>D-Rob & The Jets: The End? (The J-E-T Press)