Nose tackle Steve McLendon apparently knew he was headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he suited up for the New York Jets in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Tampa Bay sent New York a 2022 sixth-round pick for McLendon and a 2023 seventh-round pick in a trade that was finalized Tuesday. However, the nose tackle told reporters Friday he found out about it before Sunday's contest and was informed there would be a car waiting for him following the game in Miami.
The veteran, who has been in the league since 2010, managed four tackles, although New York lost the game 24-0.
McLendon explained Friday why it was important to him to play Sunday with the Jets: