Recently released linebacker Jachai Polite will have a ‘clean slate’ as a member of the Seattle Seahawks after his short New York Jets tenure.
Last weekend, the New York Jets decided to shockingly release linebacker Jachai Polite. Gang Green had just drafted the rookie in the third round of April’s NFL Draft out of the University of Florida.
Apparently, Polite had missed numerous meetings and racked up more than $100,000 in fines because of those absences and late arrivals. Ultimately, the Jets decided to part ways with him.
It wasn’t too long before Polite found a new organization though. The rookie signed with the Seattle Seahawks practice squad this week and will have a new opportunity in front of him.
“The only thing I said to him, I said ‘listen, I understand all the media articles are out there about what transpired in New York.’ I said ‘you’ve got a clean slate here with me.'” Seattle defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said, per Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk. “I said ‘don’t do anything that’s going to make me conjure up and recall the things that I heard. You got a new start, let’s move forward. We don’t deal with any of that foolishness here and if you’re not going to be the consummate pro and be where you’re supposed to be on-time, you don’t give me your undivided attention and work, you won’t be here long.’
“He was pretty good with that. He said ‘coach, I appreciate it. I’m trying to be better.’ I said, ‘well, I’m going to help you. You’re not going to be alone. If you want to do it, I’ll help you get it done.’ So he’s been good so far.”
Polite will thus do what he can to work his way onto the active, 53-man roster. Without Polite, the Jets linebacking corps will consist of C.J. Mosley, Neville Hewitt, Harvey Langi, Frankie Luvu Blake Cashman, Tarrell Basham, and Jordan Jenkins.