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Jets fill the gap at DT
By Courtesy, NY Jets
July 15th, 2003
The Jets took a big step today in making up for the loss of Josh Evans by signing veteran DT Chester McGlockton.

NEW YORK: - The New York Jets today announced they have signed free agent defensive tackle Chester McGlockton. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, Jets Insider.com has learned that the contract is a one year deal worth $780K with a $25K signing bonus. Since McGlockton is an eleven year veteran, only $450K counts against the Jets salary cap.

McGlockton, a 6-3, 334-pound native of Whiteville, North Carolina is an 11-year veteran of the NFL, playing exclusively for teams from the AFC West, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-2000) and Denver Broncos (2001-02). He has played in 163 career games, starting 151. McGlockton started 15 of the 16 games he played in and totaled 63 tackles, which led the Broncos' defensive line, 2 sacks for 12 yards, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery last season in Denver.

The 33-year-old McGlockton has compiled 635 career tackles, 50 sacks, nine fumble recoveries, 14 fumbles forced, four interceptions and 31 passes defensed. He has returned two fumbles for touchdowns, one in 1997 and the other last season.

The four-time Pro Bowl performer (1994-97 with Oakland) originally entered the NFL out of Clemson University as the Raiders' first-round draft choice (16th overall pick) in the 1992 Draft.

"Chester McGlockton is a big athlete who's physical and plays the run well," said Jets General Manager Terry Bradway. "He can also collapse the pocket as a pass rusher. Chester brings experience to the defensive line, and he has been a very consistent and productive player over his career. He's the kind of run-stopper that (defensive coordinator) Ted Cottrell was looking for to play on the inside."

The NY Daily News is reporting that the contract rookie S Derek Pagel signed yesterday is a four-year $1.53 million deal, that included a $162,000 signing bonus. The Jets are trying to sign all of their rookies to at least four year deals to avoid the scenario of early restricted free agency similar to the Laveranues Coles situation this year. The Jets still have five of their six draft picks to sign before training camp starts on Monday.