According to Roto-World the Jets have placed reserve defensive end Ropati Pitoitua on the waiver wire. He was set to make $1.15 million this season and with the addition of first round draft pick Quinton Coples may have become expandable:
Jets waived DE Ropati Pitoitua.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound “five technique” played well over 300 snaps for New York last season, … Pitoitua’s rather large $950,000 base salary plus $200,000 workout bonus will make him unattractive in the waivers process.
Since he has not accrued four seasons under NFL guidelines Pitoitua is subject to the waiver wire system. Under this system the worst team in the league (Colts) can claim him and his current contract. The process continues if a team passes from worst to best but if Pitoitua clears waivers, no team claims him, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
The Jets may try and resigned him at a lower salary, possible the league minimum of $540,000, if Pitoitua makes it through waives which given the size of the contract is likely.