The Jets continued their training camp on Saturday with their second practice. And again, top-class rookie quarterback Sam Darnold stayed away because his contract holding continues.
But the problem with Darnold is not language – a common controversy in rookie contracts. Instead, according to to NFL Media, it is a contract language that can potentially destroy Darnold's guaranteed wages and how and when the jets can potentially destroy that money.
So that's what locked Darnold's agent, Jimmy Sexton of CAA Sports, in a fight with the Jets. According to NFL Media, Darnold will continue to skip camp practices until the problem is "handled", though it is unclear what that might mean in terms of a negotiated solution.
Darnold's four-year rookie contract is fully guaranteed. Its value is $ 30.247 million, including a signing bonus of $ 20.078 million. It is very likely that Darnold will get all this money.
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The Jets went from sixth to third place in the NFL Draft in 2018 to bring Darnold. They had planned to give him every opportunity this summer to win their first quarterback job at Week 1, in a fight with veterans Josh McCown (reigning starter) and Teddy Bridgewater.
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But only McCown and Bridgewater were on the field for the first jets training camp on Friday as the organization and quarterback competition progressed without Darnold.
After the Saturday training session, the Jets will only have eight complete exercises before their preparatory kick-off on August 10 against the Falcons at the MetLife Stadium – including their green and white scrimmage / practice at Rutgers. The clock is ticking for Darnold and the jets.
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