New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold ended his brief holdout today, agreeing to terms on a four year, 30.25 million dollar contract with 20 million guaranteed. The contract will include the offset language the New York Jets had been insistent on. All in, Darnold will only have missed three (maybe four, if he is out today) total practices, including only one in full equipment. There is no reason to think he still not the favorite to start week 1
Through three practices, Josh McCown has outplayed Teddy Bridgewater but neither have been lighting it up to the point where Darnold will have too much ground to make up. He should be walking into a situation where he fairly immediately sees a big chunk of the reps, as we know the Jets don’t feel a need to play McCown a ton in camp or the preseason. McCown is still likely to be the starter for week 1 in the preseason but the lion’s share of the reps will be split between Bridgewater and Darnold. It will be more interesting to see who starts in the second preseason game.
Darnold will now also have at least two practices under his belt before Saturday’s Green and White Scrimmage, which should be a good early barometer for his progress and where he stands in relation to the other quarterbacks.
It was frustrating that this dragged into camp but three or four missed practices is not the end of the world and this feels like the type of story nobody will remember by the time September is here. Jimmy Sexton is never going to be easy for the Jets to deal with but they ultimately got what they wanted from this contract and were able to stop the bleeding before risking Darnold getting too far behind.
On to focusing on football and not OFFSET language…