Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets have signed rookie fullback John Conner, a fifth-round pick, to a four-year contract.
Per Mehta, the deal is worth $1.99 million in base value. Rookie base salaries on the usual four-year deal add up to $1.79 million, indicating Conner’s signing bonus is for roughly $200,000. Mehta says another $740,000 is available through escalators, probably in the final year of the deal.
Conner earned the nickname “Terminator” at Kentucky for obvious reasons, but he was also considered the top pure lead-blocking fullback in this year’s draft. At 5-foot-11 and 246 pounds, Conner ran a 4.72 forty-yard dash at February’s Scouting Combine. He also repped 225 pounds 24 times.
Conner is viewed as the heir apparent to 38-year-old Tony Richardson in New York.