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Quarterback Sam Darnold ends holdout, signs with New York Jets

Early Monday afternoon, the club tweeted a photo of Darnold signing his contract, as well as a photo and videos of him on the practice field.


Reuters 30 Jul 2018, 07:41 PM United States

Quarterback Sam Darnold took part in his first training camp practice with the New York Jets on Monday, shortly after signing a reported four-year, $30.25 million fully guaranteed contract to end his holdout.

Early Monday afternoon, the club tweeted a photo of Darnold signing his contract, as well as a photo and videos of him on the practice field.

In another video, Darnold said, "What's up, Jets fans? Man, it's a pleasure to be signed now. Very excited, very special moment. Let's do it. Jet up."

"We are very pleased to have Sam join the team," general manager Mike Maccagnan said in a statement. "This is what both sides wanted all along and we're eager to get Sam on the practice field while it's still early in training camp."

The Jets made Darnold the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the overall value of his contract was predetermined because of the league's rookie contract slotting system. The holdup was over contract language, with a particular sticking point seeming to involve whether Darnold would lose any guaranteed money was he ever disciplined or suspended by the NFL, according to Sports Illustrated.

The deal, which includes a signing bonus of $20 million, is one of the largest in Jets history. It includes a fifth-year team option.

Darnold has missed three practices since training camp opened on Friday.

Darnold passed for 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns in two seasons at USC. He also tossed 22 interceptions.

With Darnold in the fold, that means 255 of 256 draft picks have signed their rookie contracts. Only linebacker Roquan Smith, selected No. 8 overall by Chicago, remains unsigned.

Smith and the Bears have reportedly reached an impasse over whether the team can reclaim guaranteed money if he is suspended because of the NFL's new rule regarding helmet contact.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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