Jets first round pick Darron Lee is still unsigned just a few days before the start of training camp. Rich Cimini reports on the reason.
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 Texans wide 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.
You can see why the Jets might want to keep Lee's fourth year unguaranteed, but we are not talking about much money, and this would only come into play if Lee was such a flop that the Jets would want to cut him after just three seasons. One way or another, it would be a good idea to get Lee into camp on time. Something like this doesn't seem to be a worthwhile battle to me.