Lee, a former Ohio State standout, signed a four-year, $10.2 million contract, the standard amount for a player drafted 20th overall. The deal includes a $5.6 million signing bonus and a fifth-team team option, as do all first-round contracts. His cap charge for 2016 is $1.858 million. The contract is fully guaranteed.
The sticking point for Lee and the Jets was the fourth-year guarantee. The players drafted ahead of him received a fully guaranteed salary for 2019, while the player in the 20th slot a year ago -- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor -- had only two-thirds of it guaranteed.
The Jets wound up giving the full guarantee in exchange for keeping the team's customary default language in the deal. In other words, the team has the ability to void part of the guarantee if it cuts Lee for, say, a non-football reason.
The Jets aren't planning to rush Lee into the starting lineup -- he'll play behind veteran Erin Henderson -- but they'd like him to have a significant role in the nickel package.
Lee, 21, played only two seasons at Ohio State, recording 11 sacks and three interceptions.