Waiting Game: Sam Darnold Still a No-Show at New York Jets Camp
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that the New York Jets and Sam Darnold have come to an agreement on a contract. "The Jets will sign their first-round draft pick to a four-year contract for the slotted amount of $30.2 million. The deal, which includes a $20 million signing bonus, is one of the richest in Jets history. By rule, the contract is fully guaranteed and includes the standard fifth-year club option."
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Still no sign of Sam Darnold. The No. 3 overall draft pick sat out of New York Jets camp for the second straight day in a contract impasse that has already lasted longer than most expected.
Darnold is expected to compete with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting quarterback job once he's under contract. But he and Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith, the No. 8 choice, remain the only unsigned picks from the entire NFL draft.
"I'm just worried about the guys that are here," coach Todd Bowles said after practice Saturday. "The guys that are here are going to play and we're going to get ready for the season. And, when he comes in, he comes in."
Darnold will receive a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $30.247 million, including a $20 million signing bonus — when he signs. But the dispute seems to hang on contract language.
One issue could be offset language, which if included could provide a team with a measure of financial protection if it cuts a player during his rookie contract. Not having offset language, a condition that Darnold's representatives are apparently seeking, allows a player to receive his remaining salary from the team that cut him, as well as get paid by another team that signs him.
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