The Jets and quarterback Zach Wilson have agreed to a contract. The quarterback will report to training camp after missing the first two practices of training camp.
Jets’ first-round pick Zach Wilson is signing his fully-guaranteed, four-year contract projected to be worth, $35.1 million, including a signing bonus of approximately $22.9 million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2021
In the last few days reports indicated the two biggest issues preventing the deal from getting done were the timing of Wilson’s bonus payment and whether the contract would include offsets. Wilson wanted the full bonus payment upfront and no offsets. The Jets wanted the opposite.
Most deals for highly drafted quarterbacks have the full bonus being paid immediately. The vast majority of rookie contracts do include offsets.
Wouldn’t you know it? The compromise was that Wilson will get his full bonus upfront, and his deal will include offsets.
I have no idea why the two sides let this carry into training camp over issues so minor, but there is no use crying over spilled milk. Wilson will now join the team, and the two practices he missed won’t have any significant impact on his preparation for the season.