The Jets report to training camp Tuesday and have their first practice on Wednesday, but there could be one missing piece … a big one.
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson remained unsigned on the eve of training camp. It is unclear what the exact issue is causing the holdup, but it surely is a fight over the contract language. Rookie contracts are slotted under the collective bargaining agreement so players can’t hold out for more money like the old days.
Wilson’s four-year contract, when he signs it, will be worth approximately $35.1 million with a $22.9 million signing bonus. A fifth-year team option is standard for first-round picks, as well.
This is not the first time the Jets have had a contract standoff with a rookie quarterback. Sam Darnold missed the first three practices of the 2018 training camp as his agent and the Jets haggled over a few issues with the contract. But that was with a different general manager and lead contract negotiator. Joe Douglas has replaced Mike Maccagnan since then as GM and Dave Socie is now the chief negotiator instead of Jackie Davidson.
Zach Wilson hasn’t signed his rookie contract, with training camp set to begin Tuesday.Bill Kostroun
Wilson is one of three first-round picks from this year’s class who have not signed. Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick by the 49ers, and Rashawn Slater, the No. 13 pick by the Chargers, are also unsigned.