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It's Official: Josh Evans A Goner

June 27th, 2003
The NFL announced Friday that NY Jets defensive tackle Josh Evans has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy. The NFL announced Friday that NY Jets defensive tackle Josh Evans has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy. Evans suspension begins immediately. He previously was suspended for the entire 2000 season for violating the policy.

The Jets official website had these comments from GM Terry Bradway: “This is unfortunate and we are disappointed for Josh Evans. He worked hard and contributed to our program. We have to move on. We feel good about the players we have, and the depth at the position.”

Evans, an eight-year player who signed from the Titans as a free agent last year, had 58 tackles, six sacks, and two fumble recoveries in 2002.

The exact cause of the suspension has not been disclosed. Reports have surfaced that marijuana may have been detected in a test but other reports have said that the suspension is due to him missing a scheduled test. As a result of his prior violations, Evans was reportedly randomly tested several times a week.

This suspension will force Evans to return the $3MM bonus the Jets paid him earlier this spring when they picked up his option. If his suspension results in a lifetime ban, the Jets will gain $1 million of his pro-rated bonus on the cap this season. And if the Jets decide to simply release Evans, his $1.2 million base salary for the 2003 season also comes off the books. Thus, the Jets would save $2.2 million on this years cap.

Under the terms of the NFLs program, players who violate the Substance Abuse Policy following a one-year suspension are suspended indefinitely. The reinstatement of an indefinitely suspended player is determined by Commissioner Tagliabue in consultation with the programs medical experts.

The suspension of Evans immediately puts pressure on this years first round pick, DT Dewayne Robertson who will likely become an instant starter. It also will likely effect the current contract negotiations between Robertson and the Jets. Look for the Jets to watch 2nd year DT Alan Harper and 3rd year DT James Reed very carfefully to see if they can fill the void. You also may see the Jets add another veteran DT from the waiver wire if any talent becomes available.

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