Zach Wilson reportedly signs rookie contract and will appear at New York Jets’ camp

The former BYU quarterback will be paid $35.15 million over four years, with a $22.9 million signing bonus.

(Steve Luciano | AP) BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, right, poses for a photo with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland.

Former BYU star Zach Wilson has reportedly signed his rookie contract.

The No. 2-overall draft pick missed the first two days of the New York Jets’ training camp due to contract negotiations. But it appears Wilson’s holdout has come to an end.

Wilson was the last remaining first-round draft pick to not have his deal done. Trey Lance signed with San Francisco on Wednesday.

The NFL Network was the first to report Wilson’s new deal on Thursday.

The contract in question is, per the NFL rookie wage scale, set to be worth $35.15 million over four years and includes a $22.9 million signing bonus. The issue that cost Wilson the first two fall camp practices wasn’t about getting more money, but over the offset language.

Having an offset clause in contracts is common practice for most NFL teams; it provides them financial protection should they release the player before the end of his contract.

The Jets managed to keep the offset language but will pay Wilson his signing bonus within the next 15 days, according to multiple media reports.

This latest situation is nothing new for the Jets. Back in 2018, Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick, missed the first three days of training camp practices before signing his rookie deal.

In place of the missing Wilson, Mike White took the first snaps at practice with the Jets’ starters.

Wilson is expected to be the Jets’ starter come Week 1.

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