Dee Milliner, New York Jets Agree to Terms
Dee Milliner, previously one of just two unsigned first-round picks, agreed to terms with the New York Jets on Sunday, July 28.
UPDATE: Monday, July 29, at 7:25 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Randy Lange, Editor-in-Chief of the Jets' official website, has the latest on Dee Milliner:
The Jets announced late Sunday night that they have agreed to terms on a contract with their top draft selection, cornerback Dee Milliner, the ninth overall pick out of Alabama...
... Milliner is expected to arrive at SUNY Cortland today on the fourth day of full-squad training camp practices...
... Head coach Rex Ryan said Saturday that while he was disappointed Milliner hadn't made it to camp at that time, he was optimistic about No. 27 being able to hit the ground running as soon as he begins practicing.
'I think with Dee did a great job in the classroom in the offseason, so it wasn’t like he was missing time in the classroom. And he was on top of it,' Ryan said. 'So I think from a mental part, I would expect him to be able to jump in and go. But he hasn’t been out there physically, he had the surgery and things like that. So I guess we’ll find out when he shows up.'
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ESPN New York's Rich Cimini has the news, also noting that the young cornerback will be in training camp on Monday:
Milliner is expected to be in camp tomorrow. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) July 29, 2013
The $12.66 million deal, according to Cimini, is fully guaranteed.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News provides the full details on his signing bonus:
Dee Milliner's 4-year, $12.66M deal is fully guaranteed with offsets, I'm told. $7.59M signing bonus. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) July 29, 2013
The Jets announced Sunday night they agreed to terms with Dee Milliner, the former Alabama cornerback. He's expected to report to Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y., on Monday, according to the New York Daily News, and his four-year, $12.66 million rookie deal is fully guaranteed with offsets, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport learned from a source who has seen the contract.
Rapoport reported that Milliner's contract includes a signing bonus of $7.588 million, with $5 million to be paid by Aug. 15, $2.338 million by Oct. 15 and the final $250,000 to be paid on March 15, 2014.
Milliner will receive the minimum base salary every year. If he's on the preseason roster in 2014, he earns a roster bonus of $485,505. In 2015, that figure will jump to $971,010, and if Milliner is on the preseason roster in 2016, he earns $1,456,424.
Selected with the ninth overall pick in April's draft, Milliner established himself as a star on the University of Alabama's national championship-winning defense.
In three seasons with the Crimson Tide, he tallied 136 total tackles and six interceptions. He had just two interceptions last season, but led the country with an outstanding 22 pass deflections en route to a unanimous All-American selection.
After a scouting combine that was as equally impressive as his season, he entered the draft as the premier corner. He was the first defensive back—and fourth defensive player—taken off the board.
The Jets, who traded away superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay in April, are hoping Milliner quickly lives up to the potential.
How many interceptions will Milliner record as a rookie?
Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson remain in the secondary, but Milliner is expected to be the crucial part in filling Revis' massive shoes.
As Cimini notes, however, the 21-year-old Milliner was forced to miss OTAs and minicamp after undergoing surgery in March to repair a torn labrum, and there is likely to be plenty of rust. Getting him signed and into camp as soon as possible was a necessity.
That's now complete, and the focus can be strictly on football.
Offensive lineman Chance Warmack, who was selected immediately after Alabama teammate Milliner at No. 10 by the Tennessee Titans, now remains the only unsigned first-round pick.
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