For the second straight year the Jets failed to get their first round pick signed in time for the start of training camp. Fortunately this year’s holdout was short-lived. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has signed his contract.
Contract impasse over: Jets have indeed agreed to terms on a deal with Quinnen Williams.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) July 25, 2019
The Jets wanted to defer more than 30 percent of the $21.68M signing bonus to Year 2. The team moved off that, I’m told. And both sides came to a middle ground.
This really should have all been figured out weeks ago, but not much was lost. Williams only missed a single training camp practice.
The terms are four years for $32.5 million. It will also include a team option for a fifth year as all rookie contracts do for first round Draft picks. These terms are set by the rookie wage scale. The schedule for signing bonus payments is one of the two most frequent holdups when there is drama surrounding these contracts. The other is offset language. In this instance, the bonus schedule drove the delay in the signing. Now all is well.
I’ll end by making a friendly request to the Jets. Next year please start negotiating with your first round pick earlier.