posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 07:08 AM
The New York Jets hope Chester McGlockton can help beef up their defensive line.
The former Pro Bowl tackle signed with the Jets on Tuesday, giving them added leadership and depth on a depleted front that is missing two key players
with the start of training camp less than a week away.
Starter Josh Evans was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last month for violating its substance-abuse policy for a third time. His projected
replacement, first-round pick Dewayne Robertson, is unsigned and could start his rookie season as a holdout.
The Jets started looking for help and found McGlockton, a 12-year veteran who was released by the Denver Broncos in February for financial reasons.
Though McGlockton is above his playing weight of 334 and nowhere near ready for training camp, the Jets needed a big body to bolster their defence.
"He's at a point in his career where he understands his role," general manager Terry Bradway said. "The contributions he can make with his experience
and leadership will help us up front. In light of what happened with Josh, we feel like we've been able to improve our depth at the defensive line
The Jets do not know when to expect the return of Evans, whose reinstatement will be determined by commissioner Paul Tagliabue in consultation with
And contract negotiations with Robertson have crawled. The Jets open training camp Monday, a week earlier than many teams, because they travel to
Japan to open their pre-season opener Aug. 2 against the Bucs.
Bradway said the lines of communication between the Jets and Robertson's agent, Hadley Engelhard, are open. But he does not know when the rookie will
sign. Engelhard has not returned phone and e-mail messages.
"My hope is that at some point in time, sooner than later, Dewayne will get done," Bradway said. "I can't tell you whether that will happen by Sunday.
... I wouldn't say we are close. A lot of these things happen in the 11th hour. There's a chance that he won't be there."
McGlockton will be there Monday, but he is not ready to practice with the team. He is out of shape and has not been part of a conditioning program for
the last three months.
Bradway nor coach Herman Edwards would say how much McGlockton weighs, saying only that he is a "big man." Edwards said the Jets will not rush
McGlockton, and he does not know who will replace Evans as the starter on opening day, Sept. 4 against Washington.
"It's going to work on a rotation basis," Edwards said. "When we line up, we play the best guys so we'll see what happens."