Jets fined Jachai Polite more than $100k before surprising release

The Jets’ surprising cut of third-round pick Jachai Polite on Saturday was not just based on his on-field struggles.

A source confirmed that Polite was fined more than $100,000 by the team during his four months as a Jet for violating team rules, including being late for meetings. Pro Football Talk first reported Polite’s fines.

The Jets drafted Polite in the third round out of Florida in April and there were some known character concerns about the linebacker. He had some problems at Florida and then bombed the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He had been projected as a first-round pick in January, but slid to the third round.

Former general manager Mike Maccagnan selected Polite despite the character issues. New GM Joe Douglas, with no allegiance to Maccagnan’s picks, cut him on Saturday. Polite cleared waivers and will sign with the Seahawks practice squad.

Polite, 21, received a $1.1 million signing bonus as part of his rookie contract

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