BY NICK ST. DENIS
The Jets maintained after the draft that they got the guy they wanted in defensive end Quinton Coples.
Thursday, Gang Green signed him.
The Jets and Coples, a first-round pick out of North Carolina, agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth close to $9 million, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
"Obviously, we think this young man, he's going to start," Jets coach Rex Ryan told NewYorkJets.com during the team's rookie minicamp last week. "Is he going to play every snap? No, I doubt it, but he's going to play a bunch. He could start on the sub team, start on this, start on that. Sometimes you come out and the personnel dictates who you'll play.
"But this guy has the athleticism. He's going to start in multiple schemes. I know one thing. He's going to play a ton."
Coples bolsters a defensive line in need of pass-rushing ability. Paired with second-year defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, the Jets hope the future of their defensive line is solidified, as it's been one of the older units on the team for nearly half a decade.
The Jets also agreed to terms with seventh-rounder Antonio Allen, a line-of-scrimmage safety out of South Carolina.
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