John Franklin-Myers found himself unable to speak, overcome with emotion over his new contract with the Jets and what it will mean to his family. Finally, a nearby Jets official said, "I think that speaks for itself."

With that, Franklin-Myers left the interview area in London on Friday in advance of Sunday’s game against the Falcons and began the next phase of his career.

The Jets hope it features the continued upward trajectory of a versatile, 25-year-old defensive lineman who only two years ago was waived by the Rams.

Now he is a rising star with the Jets, which is what earned him a contract reportedly worth $55 million over four years, with about $30 million guaranteed, that kicks in next season.

The impact the moment had on Franklin-Myers was evident Friday. He said he wished his son Kyler, 2, had been there when he signed his new deal, but that proved impossible because of the travel logistics.

"We wanted to get it done before heading to London, so he didn’t get a chance to be there," the player the Jets call "JFM" said. "But I just wanted to talk to him, and I play football for . . . "

At that point, Franklin-Myers paused, lowering his head, as he struggled to continue.

"I play football for him, and . . . I just want to give him every opportunity."

Earlier in the day, Robert Saleh explained the Jets making a commitment to Franklin-Myers.

"JFM is a stud," the coach said. "When we first got here, we studied all our players and the one of the guys that stood out to us was JFM. Obviously, among other guys, but he stood out. We didn’t know anything about JFM and man, he can really take off.

"We felt he could be a really great fit for our system and what we ask out of our defensive line and he has done nothing but work, work, work. He’s been a tremendous leader and then you see his play on the football field. He’s absolutely dominant at times.

"He hasn’t even scratched the surface of where we think he can go within this system . . . Those are the guys that we want to pay."

Saleh credited general manager Joe Douglas for finding Franklin-Myers on the waiver wire and defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton for working with him.

Fellow defensive lineman Quinnen Williams said, "He deserves it 1,000% . . . Great guy, great person on the field and off the field. He has elite skills."

The Rams selected Franklin-Myers in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, and he had a strip-sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl LIII. But he was waived before the 2019 season.

He was on injured reserve with the Jets in 2019 and last season had three sacks in 15 games. He has three sacks in four games this season.

Franklin-Myers said he did not consider waiting until he became a free agent after this season to consider other potential suitors.

"No, no, because to me it’s not about the money," he said. "We do play football for money, but I think it’s about the environment and getting an opportunity to play with guys and win games, ultimately."

Notes & quotes: Saleh said CB Brandin Echols and WR Elijah Moore are "on track" to play after recovering from concussions . . . C.J. Mosley said he learned about soccer from playing video games. His advice to those who want to learn American football: "Download ‘Madden.’ Go play ‘Madden’ and figure it out on the fly."

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