The Jets also took to social media with the news, tweeting out a video of the newly-signed rookie with the caption "official."
He didn't waste any time to join the team, reporting to practice at approximately 2:00pm on Monday, just hours after the news was announced. The contract did include a $20 million signing bonus, making it one of the richest in franchise history. It does include the standard fifth-year option, as Darnold officially throws himself in the middle of the Jets' quarterback conversation.
The first-round pick became the first top-five pick to receive a bonus at signing, and has already received guaranteed roster bonuses for 2019, 2020, and 2021. He is the 255th of the 256 players drafted to sign an NFL contract. Only linebacker Roquan Smith of the Chicago Bears remains unsigned after going eighth overall in April's draft.
The third overall pick Darnold will compete with the likes of Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown for the Jets' starting quarterback job this season. New York opens their preseason on August 10th against the Atlanta Falcons, and their regular season on September 10th against the Detroit Lions.