The New York Jets have agreed to a four-year contract with their first-round draft pick, Quinton Coples, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. The deal also includes a team option for year five.
The Jets are reportedly shelling out $9 million, fully guaranteed, for the defensive end out of the University of North Carolina who went No. 16 overall in last month’s draft.
“[I want to show] that I can compete at the highest level, that I can compete on the national stage, that I can help the New York Jets get to a Super Bowl,” Coples said.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the draft that he expects the the 6-foot-6, 284-pound Coples to be a starter and every-down player right away. Coples will replace Mike DeVito in the starting lineup.
With Coples signed, the Jets now have six of their eight draft picks under contract.