NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have signed rookie offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, the No. 11 overall pick in the NFL draft, to a four-year, $18.45 million contract.
The deal, based on the league's rookie slotting system, is fully guaranteed and includes a $10.98 million signing bonus.
The Jets also announced earlier Monday they signed defensive end Jabari Zuniga, a third-rounder, and quarterback James Morgan, a fourth-rounder, to their rookie deals.
Safety Ashtyn Davis, a third-rounder, and punter Braden Mann, a sixth-rounder, were the only members of New York's nine-player draft class to remain unsigned. Rookies were scheduled to report to the team's facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Tuesday to begin COVID-19 testing.
The 21-year-old Becton tweeted earlier in the day that he had landed in New Jersey, fueling speculation he would soon sign. A few hours later, the big O-lineman posted a photo of himself smiling while signing his contract. “IM OFFICIALY A NEW YORK JET!!!!!" he wrote. "LETS GOOOOO.”
Becton is expected to compete with George Fant for the left tackle spot after being taken by the Jets out of Louisville.
“He brings an edge for us,” coach Adam Gase said on a conference call after Becton was drafted. “He brings nasty to our offensive line room.”
The massive offensive tackle is 6-foot-7, 365 pounds and has impressive speed for a man his size — he ran a 5.12 40-yard dash at the combine in February. He has a 7-foot wingspan and played both tackle spots for the Cardinals during his college career.
“He moves people like furniture,” assistant GM Rex Hogan said. “He’s a big and powerful man.”
Zuniga's deal is worth $4.73 million over four years. The 6-4, 255-pound defensive end played in only six games last season because of ankle injuries, but had 18 1/2 sacks in four years at Florida.
Morgan, expected to be a backup behind starter Sam Darnold and veteran Joe Flacco, signed a four-year, $4 million contract. The 6-4, 213-pound quarterback threw 40 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions as FIU’s starter the last two years after transferring from Bowling Green.
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