Jets, draft pick Dee Milliner agree

Updated: July 30, 2013, 12:44 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- It took longer than they would've liked, but the New York Jets finally got first-round draft pick Dee Milliner into training camp, finalizing a contract on Sunday, the team announced.

Milliner, picked ninth overall, signed a four-year, $12.66 million contract, fully guaranteed with offset language. The former Alabama star, the first cornerback picked in the draft, is expected to replace Darrelle Revis, who was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason.

A complete breakdown of Milliner's contract, per a league source is as follows: The cornerback received a signing bonus of $7.588 million, with $5 million payable on Aug. 15, $2.338 million on Oct. 15 and the final $250,000 due March 15, 2014.  He has minimum base salaries each year of the contract and preseason roster bonuses of $485,505 in 2014, $971,010 in 2015 and $1,456,424 in 2016.

Milliner changed agents, which may have slowed the negotiating process. Now that he's agreed to a deal, the focus shifts to his health and conditioning. Milliner missed the offseason because of shoulder surgery in March.

It's unclear if Milliner will be cleared for immediate participation but he is expected to be at camp Monday. On Thursday, Rex Ryan said Milliner would have to pass the physical and the conditioning test before he's allowed to practice. The plan when the Jets drafted him was to have him ready for training camp.

Milliner was projected as a possible top-five pick, but his medical history at Alabama -- five confirmed surgeries -- may have caused him to fall even though he missed only one game in his career due to injury.

He underwent surgery March 12 to repair a torn labrum, which caused him to miss the OTAs and minicamp. If healthy and in shape, Milliner is the favorite to start opposite Antonio Cromartie, which would push former No. 1 pick Kyle Wilson back into his nickel-back role.

Cromartie reacted to Milliner's signing on Twitter and included a message for the rookie.

Milliner was a first-team all-American last season for the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot, 201-pound Milliner rose to elite status at the February scouting combine, where he blazed a sub-4.4 time in the 40.

General manager John Idzik's first draft class is under contract. On Thursday, the Jets signed first-round defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (13th overall) to a four-year, $10.05 million deal.

Milliner's signing leaves Tennessee Titans rookie guard Chance Warmack (10th overall selection) as the lone unsigned first-round pick from April's draft.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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