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LB Darron Lee.. why he still hasn't signed his rookie contract ~ ~ ~

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Good news on the Lee front:



FLORHAM PARK — Darron Lee, the inside linebacker whom the Jets drafted 20th overall, will arrive in New Jersey on Wednesday night, according to a source with knowledge of his situation. 

The Jets reported to training camp Wednesday and will hold their first practice Thursday afternoon. Lee, who has yet to sign his rookie contract, did not report with the rest of his teammates Wednesday. But they were understanding about it. 

The source declined to say why Lee is returning to New Jersey. But presumably, he is going to sign his contract and report to camp Thursday. Or at least continue to work toward a contract resolution with the Jets.

At the very least, his return to New Jersey is an encouraging sign regarding the possible end of his contract situation. 

Lee is the only 2016 Jets draft pick who hasn't signed his four-year rookie contract. The holdup is believed to stem from the amount of guaranteed money in the fourth year of his deal. (Almost every first-round pick plays out his entire rookie contract, by the way. So this probably won't even wind up being an issue.) 

The top 19 picks in this year's draft got fully guaranteed money for all four years of their deals. At No. 22, Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson has about two-thirds of his Year 4 salary guaranteed. 

Lee is slotted to receive a contract with a maximum value of $10.2 million, including a $5.6 million signing bonus. He would count $1.858 million toward the Jets' 2016 salary cap. 

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