New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold remains unsigned and doesn’t report with his fellow rookies yet little concern exists.
A portion of the sports media world put its worst foot forward on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, concerning the perceived chaos surrounding the New York Jets.
With this date representing the day for which all incoming rookies report, one prominent name remained missing—Sam Darnold.
Darnold, 21, remains unsigned and according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, won’t show up to the team’s Florham Park facility until a contract is done. He also reports that all involved don’t seem to be “sweating it” (a specific key left out of many clickbait jobs done earlier in the day when the story broke).
As #Jets rookies are set to report today, first-round QB Sam Darnold is not among them, source said. His contract isn’t done yet, so he’s staying away. Important context: Vets don’t report yet and practice isn’t until Friday. It doesn’t feel like anyone involved is sweating it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2018
As Jets rookies are set to report today, first-round QB Sam Darnold is not among them, source said. His contract isn’t done yet, so he’s staying away. Important context: Vets don’t report yet and practice isn’t until Friday. It doesn’t feel like anyone involved is sweating it.
Jets rookies minus Darnold are now in-house and were on-hand for the very special Darrelle Revis retirement day that saw the man who once manned an entire island sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a Jet.
The vets won’t report until Friday, the very same day training camp officially kicks off for Todd Bowles’s squad.
Some are wondering what’s taking so long (concerning Darnold’s contract). After all, each pick is slotted in terms of the number of years and amount money that can be dished out. The mega Sam Bradford rookie deal represented the last draft class that forced financials to make such a major difference, especially via the top 10.
Darnold, drafted No. 3 after Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley, is expected to rake in $30.5 million over four years to go along with a $20.3 million signing bonus, according to Spotrac. It’s simply a matter of gathering everybody and putting pen to paper.
Memo to all of the doomsday magicians: calm down. There’s nothing to worry about and certainly nothing to actually show concern over until Friday comes and goes.