Gholston's contract with Jets includes $21M in guaranteed money

Updated: July 25, 2008, 2:21 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The New York Jets have reached a five-year contract agreement with first-round draft pick Vernon Gholston that includes $21 million in guarantees, culminating negotiations that continued into the early morning hours.

The linebacker's deal could max out at $50 million if he reaches all of his performance clauses. If the No. 6 pick does not, the deal would still be worth $32.5 million.

"Vernon is in the building," coach Eric Mangini said. "He signed, he'll practice, so that ...

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