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Zach Wilson, rookie QB out of BYU, was part of a sluggish process to finalize his contract with the New York Jets.
Jets GM Joe Douglas drafted the quarterback with the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and found himself going into Day 2 of training camp without an agreement to lock down Wilson.
After missing his first practice, the Jets announced on Thursday that the team signed the rookie Wilson to a reported 4-year, $35.1 million contract — putting an end to speculations on the delayed deal.
Reports emerged during the week that claimed both camps were incapable of reaching an agreement based on the verbiage of a rookie deal. Thursday’s news from Gang Green reassured fans that the team’s confidence in their young QB remains strong going into the new season.
The announcement echoed positive reviews from Jets head coach Robert Saleh, who commended the rookie quarterback for fearless progressions in the pocket and acuity to read defenses, giving Zach Wilson the DNA of a franchise quarterback.
“He’s a special young man,” said the rookie head coach. “His mental horsepower is through the roof. We’re really excited to have him part of the New York Jets.”
Time to check in on Instagram-famous mother, Lisa Wilson, with her thoughts on the new deal.