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Jets Sign First-Round Draft Pick Quinton Coples

The New York Jets have signed first-round draft pick Quinton Coples to a four-year contract.

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The big defensive end from North Carolina is expected to be a starter as a rookie on Rex Ryan’s defensive line after a standout career with the Tar Heels. The deal, signed Thursday, includes a standard team option for a fifth year. Financial terms were not immediately available.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Coples was the 16th overall pick last month after finishing tied for third in Tar Heels history with 24 sacks, including 17 1/2 his last two years.

Ryan declared Coples a starter after the draft, likely replacing veteran Mike DeVito, who took a pay cut while restructuring the final year of contract. Coples is expected to play end and move inside on passing downs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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