While all the talk in New York Jets land surrounds Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson, rookie Darron Lee remains unsigned.
Does anybody remember who Darron Lee is?
Yeah, the Maminal, as his friends call him. He’s the guy Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets tabbed as the No. 20 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Strangely enough, nobody really remembers him. Instead, all of the talk has surrounded free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick and the newest long-term Jet Muhammad Wilkerson.
Today, a little Lee news surfaced.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York has revealed the reason for why the Jets and Lee have yet to sign a rookie deal. The disagreement about the deal revolves around the fourth year.
Lee wants his fourth year to be guaranteed at $1.8 million since the player who was drafted after him, wide receiver Will Fuller, received a fully guaranteed $1.836 million.
The Jets see it this way: The 22nd pick, Washington Redskins wide receiverJosh Doctson, received only a partial guarantee ($1.2 million of $1.8 million), as did the 20th pick in 2015, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor($1.1 million of $1.7 million).
The Jets and Lee are squabbling over $600,000. Welcome to the hard salary cap era of the National Football League.
The Manimal remains one of just three first rounders still unsigned.