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The New York Jets begin training camp in three days, and their first-round pick -- Darron Lee -- remains unsigned. He's an outlier in this era of rookie slotting. In fact, he's one of only three first-rounders who hasn't signed a contract.

The sticking point is believed to be the fourth-year guarantee. The players chosen from one to 19 received fully guaranteed salaries in the fourth year, according to Pro Football Talk. The exception is the San Diego Chargers' Joey Bosa, who has yet to sign. Once he signs, his fourth year will be fully guaranteed because of his draft position (third overall).

Lee, drafted 20th overall, no doubt wants his fourth year (about $1.8 million) to be guaranteed. The player picked after him, Houston Texanswide receiver Will Fuller, received a fully guaranteed $1.836 million, according to ESPN salary data. Fuller is represented by CAA's Todd France, who also reps Lee. Naturally, he's trying to do the same for Lee.The Jets see it this way: The 22nd pick, Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson, received only a partial guarantee ($1.2 million of $1.8 million), as did the 20th pick in 2015, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor ($1.1 million of $1.7 million).

So, basically, the Jets and Lee's reps are battling over $600,000. Chances are, he'll get the money anyway because first-round picks usually don't get cut.Eventually, Lee will sign because he doesn't have much leverage. When he does, it'll be a four-year deal for $10.2 million, plus a fifth-year team option.

>      http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/61392/jets-rookie-lb-darron-lee-is-fast-except-when-it-comes-to-his-contract

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22 hours ago, JetsFanatic said:

I doubt this gets past Wednesday. 

..i hope you're right   ;)

 

 

 

cheers ~ ~ 

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It took longer than expected, but the New York Jets and linebackerDarron Lee finally came to terms Wednesday on a rookie contract,according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Lee, a former Ohio State standout, signed a four-year, $10.2 million contract, the standard amount for a player drafted 20th overall. The deal includes a $5.6 million signing bonus and a fifth-team team option, as do all first-round contracts. His cap charge for 2016 is $1.858 million. The contract is fully guaranteed.

Only two of the 31 first-round picks remain unsigned: San Diego Chargersdefensive end Joey Bosa (third overall) and San Francisco 49ers guardJosh Garnett (28th).The sticking point for Lee and the Jets was the fourth-year guarantee. The players drafted ahead of him received a fully guaranteed salary for 2019, while the player in the 20th slot a year ago -- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor -- had only two-thirds of it guaranteed.

The Jets wound up giving the full guarantee in exchange for keeping the team's customary default language in the deal. In other words, the team has the ability to void part of the guarantee if it cuts Lee for, say, a non-football reason.The Jets aren't planning to rush Lee into the starting lineup -- he'll play behind veteran Erin Henderson -- but they'd like him to have a significant role in the nickel package.

Lee, 21, played only two seasons at Ohio State, recording 11 sacks and three interceptions.

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Inside linebacker Darron Lee, the Jets' first-round draft pick, agreeing to terms on his rookie contract Wednesday was overshadowed by news later in the day that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had finally re-signed. But while Lee's delayed contract signing got (understandably) less attention than Fitzpatrick's, Lee's situation is interesting nonetheless. 

The Jets finally signing Lee, much later than most draft picks, involved some give and take regarding guaranteed money — and the contract language surrounding Lee's guaranteed money. The Jets drafted Lee 20th overall. The top 19 draft picks this year got fully guaranteed pay for all four years of their rookie contracts. So did the No. 21 pick, wide receiver Will Fuller, who shares an agent with Lee. 

In the end, Lee got this, too, including all of his Year 4 salary guaranteed. (And since most teams don't cut a first-round pick before the end of his rookie contract, this isn't a huge thing anyway.) As part of negotiations, the Jets agreed to fully guarantee Lee's entire four-year, $10.22 million rookie contract after Lee's agents agreed to accept the inclusion of something called guarantee default language — which is standard in Jets rookie contracts. But Lee's agents, Todd France and Brian Ayrault, had not previously signed a first-round draft pick's contract that included language like this. (Pro Football Talk reported that Lee's agency, CAA, has agreed to language like this before, because it is standard in all teams' rookie contracts.) 

So what is the language? Well, it involves voiding some of the deal's guaranteed money if the Jets wind up cutting Lee for a non-football reason — like a suspension, legal trouble, or non-football injury. Again, this is standard language for Jets rookie contracts. They didn't ask for its inclusion especially for Lee's deal. By all accounts, he is a solid citizen who is not into extreme skiing or anything like that. So in exchange for the Jets fully guaranteeing Lee's contract, his agents agreed to let the Jets follow their standard procedure and include this language. 

In the end, none of this will probably end up mattering, because it is likely Lee will play out all four years of his rookie contract with the Jets anyway.But if, for some reason, he winds up disappointing on the field, remember why the Jets are fully on the hook — barring something strange or unforeseen — for the $3.2 million salary cap hit in Year 4 of Lee's deal. 

>       http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2016/07/how_jets_darron_lee_got_his_rookie_contract_fully.html#incart_river_index

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