Ex-Warrior Satele signs free-agent deal with Jets
By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
Former University of Hawaii linebacker Brashton Satele said he signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets today.
After last week's NFL draft, the undrafted Satele signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders. But the Raiders did not "execute the contract" after receiving a faxed copy of the signed document, allowing Satele to accept an invitation to this weekend's mini camp with the Jets.
Agent Kenny Zuckerman said Satele was brought in as a backup linebacker who also could play on special teams. The Jets, who run a 3-4 defense, start inside linebackers David Harris and Bart Scott.
"Those are two great guys to learn from," Satele said.
After the three-day mini-camp, Satele was offered the standard three-year contract for undrafted free agents. He did not receive a signing bonus. But for Satele, the signing bonus was not a factor.
"This is an opportunity to make an NFL team," Zuckerman said.
Satele said: "I'm fortunate to be on any team. Two weeks ago, I wasn't on any team."
That was a reference to the NCAA's denial of Satele's appeal for a medical hardship that would have allowed him to play as a sixth-year UH senior in 2010.