Jets sign first-round pick QB Darnold


Darnold had been a holdout for the start of training camp but reportedly was "ticked off" about not practicing with his new teammates as his agent and the team continued to negotiate over offset language and voidable guarantees.

"$30.25 million contract is fully guaranteed and includes a $20 million signing bonus". The Jets signed Darnold to a four-year, $30.25 million deal, ending the rookie quarterback's contract holdout.

While the offset clause remains an issue, the major sticking point, as I understand it, is default language pertaining to guaranteed money. Darnold forfeits guaranteed money if suspended by the league, but not if he is fined.

Darnold's extended absence is putting him behind in the race for playing time. The 21-year-old quarterback is expected to compete with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job, but is losing valuable on-field and in-classroom time with each passing day.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the two sides were expected to come together for a deal just about an hour before the team's 1:50 p.m. practice. Smith was selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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The Jets opened training camp Friday without Darnold, the third overall pick in April's draft. "He's missed a few days but we were all happy he got in today". Coach Todd Bowles has said the Jets could consider that, but had no intention to add another camp arm at this time. "Obviously when he comes in we'll get him caught up".

After a shaky start that included a handoff, an incompletion and an intercepted pass by Doug Middleton, Darnold bounced back in red-zone drills with short touchdown tosses to fellow rookie Chris Herndon and later to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa.

"Hopefully, we'll get Sam out here practicing with the guys and hopefully he starts against the Lions in September".

NOTES: Bowles confirmed that RB Eli McGuire will need surgery on his broken foot, and said a timetable for his return would be determined after the procedure. The Jets declined to make Darnold available to the media.

Darnold will be able to do some catching up on the field and in the classroom, and Bowles thinks he'll probably be ready to play in New York's preseason opener against Atlanta on August 10. As a result, he has not reported to training camp.