Jets sign 1st-rounder Coples to 4-year deal

The New York Jets have signed first-round draft pick Quinton

Coples to a four-year contract.

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.