It took a little longer than expected, but the Jets have signed the No. 2 overall pick. Quarterback Zach Wilson has agreed to terms (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport), clearing the way for him to join his teammates on the practice field.
The two sides were haggling over offset language and the timing of Wilson’s signing bonus — the front office was hoping to “defer millions in signing bonus money” to 2022. Normally, top-two picks get all their signing bonus money up front. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, and Washington defensive end Chase Young all got theirs within 30 days of inking their respective rookie deals. The compromise: The Jets get their offset and Wilson gets his bonus inside of the next 15 days.
Now, the Jets can operate as planned, with Wilson taking first-team reps ahead of James Morgan and Mike White. The deal also means that all the Round 1 paperwork has been completed across the league. Chargers inked first-round pick Rashawn Slater and 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signed earlier this week while Wilson waited until the very end.
Wilson didn’t earn as much fanfare as Trevor Lawrence, but he still offers tons of potential for Gang Green. The 6’2″ passer is fresh off of a breakout season with a 73.5% completion rate, good for No. 2 in the nation. Meanwhile, his 33 passing touchdowns placed him third, and he threw just three interceptions. Meanwhile, Wilson’s mobility powered him to ten rushing touchdowns last year, showcasing the speed he’ll need to thrive at the pro level.
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