Roughly three months after hearing his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft former Cardinal Mekhi Becton is now officially a New York Jet.
Becton officially signed a four-year contract worth $18.45 million on Monday night.
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The deal, based on the league’s rookie slotting system, is fully guaranteed and includes a $10.98 million signing bonus.
The Virginia native had a stellar career at Louisville receiving meaningful snaps since the day he stepped on campus. Becton started nearly every game in his three years at Louisville and became an All ACC performer in 2019.
With his draft stock soaring throughout his junior season Becton decided to forgo his college eligibility and enter the draft. It was at the combine where he took it to a new level turning in a 5.10 time in the 40-yard dash — unofficially the fastest Combine 40 time by an athlete weighing in at 350-plus pounds since 1987.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to add him to our team,” Jets GM Joe Douglas said in an official statement after drafting Becton in April.
“Obviously the first thing that jumps out about Mekhi when you see him play is the size and the ease of his ability to move, his footwork, and then his heavy hands, and how he can move people off the ball.”
Mekhi will be counted upon to provide protection for Jets franchise quarterback Sam Darnold, who is entering his third season with the team.<