The New York Jets have finally reached out a deal with first round (ninth pick overall) pick Dee Milliner. The corner back missed the first three days of training camp due to a contract dispute, but both parties have reached an agreement, and the Jets signed Milliner to a four-year deal worth $12.66 million, fully guaranteed.
Milliner, who was rated as the best cover corner coming out of the 2013 NFL draft, is expected to fill the hole left behind by the departure of Darrelle Revis.
With the contract out of the way, the Jets and Milliner, who is rehabbing from surgery he had on March 12 to repair a torn labrum, can now concentrate on his health and conditioning so he can be ready to go by the start of the season and start opposite of Antonio Cromartie.
The former five-star recruit is a great addition to the Jets secondary. He showed off his speed at the NFL Combine, breaking a 4.4 40-yard dash time; he is also athletic enough to read plays quickly and break on the ball in a hurry. He can play a zone scheme, man-to-man coverage and is physical enough to help on run defense.
Milliner locates the ball well in the air and can be a ball hawk. If beaten at the line of scrimmage, his closing speed will help him out in time make a play for the ball. The cornerback has the athleticism to contribute to the Jets’ defense immediately, so it all comes down to how fast he can recover.
No, he’s no Darrelle Revis, but Milliner has the talent to be a playmaker and make a name for himself in the Jets’ secondary.