NY Jets officially sign first-round pick Mekhi Becton

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The NY Jets have officially signed first-round pick Mekhi Becton capping off a busy day of signings.

The NY Jets may have taken a while to sign much of their 2020 NFL Draft class, but they made up for lost time on Monday signing four rookies with the latest being first-round pick Mekhi Becton.

The Jets have reportedly signed Becton to a standard four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year option. The deal is fully guaranteed and reportedly worth $18.45 million.

Becton is the most recent and biggest — literally and figuratively — rookie signing the Jets have made with the team now having their first-round pick from this year’s class under contract.

Prior to Monday, the Jets had already agreed to terms with the likes of Bryce Hall, Cameron Clark, La’Mical Perine, and Denzel Mims. And they doubled that number inking deals with Braden Mann, James Morgan, Jabari Zuniga, and Becton all in one day.

At the time of writing, the only member of the team’s rookie class that remains unsigned is third-round safety Ashtyn Davis. But with rookies set to report to training camp on Tuesday, it’s likely his contract isn’t too far behind.

Many NFL teams have taken longer than usual this year when it comes to reaching deals with their rookies due to difficulties presented by the ongoing worldwide pandemic.

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The Jets were certainly not the only team to take quite a while, but it appears as though they’re determined to get as much of their draft class officially signed by the time training camp begins.

The NY Jets will be expecting big things from Mekhi Becton in 2020 and beyond.

As for Becton, the Jets are expecting the No. 11 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to provide an immediate boost to an offensive line that struggled mightily last season.

The Jets’ overhaul of the offensive line was one of the stories of the offseason and Becton will take center stage in 2020. While the towering rookie is still a work in progress, he’ll be expected to start at left tackle from day one.

Alongside offseason free-agent signings Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant, Becton will anchor a new-look Jets’ offensive line looking to improve upon their disastrous showing a year ago.

And for the sake of Sam Darnold and the entire offense, here’s to hoping that they could accomplish just that.

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With Becton now under contract, the former Louisville star will set his sights on making a good first impression with the Jets.