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Sanchez Signs

The Jets and Mark Sanchez have agreed to a five year contract.

Mark Sanchez wanted no contract squabbles or training camp headaches.

The New York Jets' rookie quarterback got his big deal -- and a huge sense of relief -- before minicamp was even completed, signing a five-year deal Wednesday that could be worth up to $60 million, including $28 million guaranteed.

"It sends the right message," Sanchez said. "It's not in my makeup to hold out like that. That would've just been terrible for me. This just eliminates that whole factor. I'll be there Day 1, ready to go and compete. It's going to be a good time and a competitive time."

Agent David Dunn said the deal is worth "around the $50 million mark," but could reach as high as $60 million with incentives. That would make it the richest rookie deal ever given out by the Jets.

"This is just the beginning," Sanchez said. "I'll be working every day to justify this contract."

Kudos to Mike Tannenbaum for getting this done. First round rookie quarterback contracts are not easy. It is best to get this done so Sanchez can start learning from the first day of training camp. A lot of quarterbacks fall behind the curve and never recover from holding out of their rookie camp.