The New York Jets have traded DT Dewayne Robertson to the Denver Broncos for an undisclosed draft pick. The Jets also waived RB Alvin Banks, CB Manny Collins, LB Jerry Mackey and WR Shaine Smith. The announcements were made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Robertson (6'1", 310) started 75 games for the Jets in five seasons, compiling 319 total tackles, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Last season he started 15 games, registering 74 tackles and four sacks. Robertson was the Jets first selection, fourth overall, in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.
Banks (5'10", 225), who was added to the Jets practice squad Dec. 9, was first signed by the Jets on May 12 as an undrafted rookie free agent, rushed for 11 yards on five preseason carries, then was waived Sept. 1. Banks finished his career third in James Madison history in both rushing yards (2,694) and attempts (551) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (28) and had 11 career 100-yard rushing games.
Collins (5'10", 190), signed to the Jets practice squad Dec. 19. He was signed by the Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent Aug. 2, waived Sept. 1, signed to the Jets practice squad Sept. 3, released Oct. 10, re-signed to the practice squad Nov. 13, and released Nov. 29. He recorded 68 tackles, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries in four seasons at Rutgers.
Mackey (6'1", 233), added to the Jets practice squad Dec. 9, signed with the Jets Aug. 4 before being traded to Tampa Bay Aug. 21. He was waived by the Buccaneers Sept. 1, signed to the Jets practice squad Oct. 4 and released Oct. 29. He played four years at Syracuse, recording 202 tackles (106 solo), three sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. The Freeport, N.Y., native earned All-Nassau County and All-Long Island honors as a senior at Freeport High School and is a great-nephew of NFL Hall of Fame TE John Mackey.
Smith (6'2", 189), signed to the Jets practice squad Dec. 9, originally signed with St. Louis as an undrafted rookie free agent May 10 and was waived Aug. 31. He played two seasons at Hofstra after transferring from Nassau (N.Y.) Community College. As a senior he caught 60 passes for 951 yards and nine TDs and recorded four 100-yard games.