Jets sign draft picks Mauldin, Petty and Simon
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, quarterback Bryce Petty and defensive tackle Deon Simon, all drafted last weekend.
The team announced the signings - all four-year deals - on Thursday, a day before rookie minicamp begins. Of the Jets' six draft picks, only first-rounder Leonard Williams and second-rounder Devin Smith are still unsigned.
Mauldin, a third-round selection from Louisville, had 6 1/2 sacks last season for the Cardinals. His deal is with about $2.95 million.
Petty was a fourth-rounder after the Jets traded up one spot to take the former Baylor star. He holds 31 school records, and his 1.18 career interception percentage is an NCAA mark.
Simon, a seventh-round pick, had 5 1/2 sacks while making 19 starts with Northwestern State the past two seasons.
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