Rookie Sam Darnold a holdout as Jets camp opens without him

July 27, 2018 - 2:10 pm

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is officially a holdout.

The New York Jets began their first practice of training camp Friday without their prized rookie quarterback.

Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft. The only other unsigned pick in the entire draft is Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith, the No. 8 choice.

Under the NFL's labor agreement, contract holdouts are uncommon because deals are slotted based on draft position. Darnold will receive a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $30.247 million, including a $20 million signing bonus.

The dispute seems to hang on contract language. If a player is cut during his rookie contract, offset language provides the team with financial protection. Not having offset language allows a player to receive his salary from the team that cut him, as well as get paid by another team that signs him.

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