The NY Jets have signed the last member of their 2020 NFL Draft class in Ashtyn Davis.
The NY Jets have a lot on their plate right now from the entire Jamal Adams situation to training camp beginning in just a few days. But at the very least, they have one less thing to worry about as of Thursday night.
The Jets announced late on Thursday that third-round pick Ashtyn Davis had officially signed his rookie contract. It’s a standard four-year deal worth $4.9 million that comes with a 2020 cap charge of $894,000.
And with that, the entirety of the Jets’ nine-man 2020 NFL Draft class is now officially under contract.
The Jets, like the rest of the NFL, took quite a while to begin inking deals with their rookies. Given the restrictions in place due to complications from COVID-19, it’s been difficult for teams to acquire physicals and meet with rookies in-person to sign contracts.
But with training camp already underway (at least in some fashion) for rookies, the contracts have begun pouring in. Just this past week, the Jets signed the final five members of their draft class.
Prior to this week, the only rookie draft picks under contract were Denzel Mims, La’Mical Perine, Cameron Clark, and Bryce Hall. But the remaining five, including first-round pick Mekhi Becton, have now officially signed.
The NY Jets will be hoping for big things from Ashtyn Davis in 2020 and beyond.
Many were surprised when the Jets first selected Davis in the third round of this year’s draft. But in one way or another, he will find a way to get on the field for the Jets in 2020 and beyond.
A standout former track star at Cal, Davis is an athletic freak with impressive range at the safety position. He especially excels on special teams where he provides value both in kick/punt coverage and as a returner.
The Jets already have the aforementioned Adams and Marcus Maye patrolling the defensive backfield, but the future of both players remains very uncertain.
Adams’ issues with the Jets have been well-documented and it’s hard to imagine he has much of a future with the organization. Meanwhile, Maye will be a free agent after this season and there’s a good chance the Jets opt to let him walk if they don’t meet his price point.
Davis will not only see time in sub-packages and on special teams this year, but he likely will have a significant role going forward with at least one of Adams and Maye likely to depart after or even before this season starts.
The Jets can now shift their focus to more pressing matters with all of their rookies under contract.