Roberts, who turned 31 in January, proved last season that you’re never too old to be a breakout star.
After signing a one-year contract with the New York Jets for the veterans’ minimum (a total of $1 million, including bonuses), Roberts was selected to his first Pro Bowl on the strength of two return touchdowns — one on a punt, one a kickoff. His punt return touchdown in a Week 1 victory over the Detroit Lions set the tone for a monster season.
Roberts tied for the NFL lead with a 14.1-yard average on punt returns, and he led the league with 1,174 yards on kickoff returns.
Before Roberts’ arrival, the Jets’ punt-return unit was a perennial doormat, but he sparked the team with 10 returns of at least 40 yards.
A third-round pick (88th overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, Roberts has bounced around the league, having played with the Washington Redskins, Lions and Atlanta Falcons — five teams in nine years. As a wide receiver, he hasn’t caught more than 14 passes in a season since 2014.