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Source: Darron Lee, Jets agree to terms on rookie contract

Linebacker and first-round draft pick Darron Lee works

Linebacker and first-round draft pick Darron Lee works out during Jets rookie minicamp at the team's training facility on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Florham Park, N.J. Credit: Steve Hockstein

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — And then there were none.

Jets rookie Darron Lee has finally agreed to terms with the team, the team announced Wednesday night.

The former standout linebacker at Ohio State wasn’t present at the team’s facility for report day, but one source said Lee’s scheduled to fly to New Jersey Wednesday night.

It’s a four-year, $10.2 million deal that is fully guaranteed and includes a fifth-year option. But it also contains offset and default language that enables the Jets to void the guarantee in the event that certain contract terms are not met.

The impasse between the rookie and the team stemmed from the Jets’ desire to keep specific guaranteed default language in the contract vs. Lee’s camp wanting a guaranteed percentage included. In the end, the team traded the guaranteed percentage for the guaranteed default language it wanted.

Lee had been one of three NFL first-round picks who remained unsigned (The other two are Chargers’ Joey Bosa and 49ers’ Joshua Garnett).

Playoffs . . . or bust?

The Jets enter camp fully confident that they can be a playoff contender.

“For sure. No question,” said linebacker Erin Henderson.

After falling one win shy of making the postseason at 10-6, the Jets are eager to take the next step in Year 2 of the Todd Bowles Era, though they still don’t know who their Week 1 quarterback will be. “That’s the goal every year: to make the playoffs and go the Super Bowl,” linebacker David Harris said. “It’s not going to change this year because you’ve got a guy that’s a little bit older. At the end of the day, it’s football and you try to be the best.”

And, according to Harris, the window isn’t closing on their playoff hopes. “I won’t say that,” he said. “I think we have a good mixture of guys and I feel like we’re all playing at a high level. So we’ll see.”

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