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Jets sign first-rounder Olu Fashanu to a four-year deal worth $20.51 million. Penn State OT was No. 11 pick

The New York Jets signed first-round draft pick Olu Fashanu to a four-year contract worth $20.51 million on Monday.

The former Penn State offensive tackle’s deal is fully guaranteed and includes a fifth-year team option. Fashanu was the 11th overall pick last month after the Jets traded up with the Minnesota Vikings.

The 6-foot-1, 312-pound Fashanu gives the Jets depth on their revamped offensive line, extra protection for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a potential future starter.

“The young man is only 21 years old and he hasn’t even scratched the surface yet,” coach Robert Saleh said shortly after Fashanu was called up. “And he’s going to be put in a situation where he’s going to learn exactly what it takes to survive in this competition.”

Fashanu was an Associated Press first-team All-America selection and the Big Ten offensive lineman last season. He was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Nittany Lions and allowed just one sack in his entire college career.

He is expected to back up veteran Tyron Smith this season after the former Dallas Cowboys star signed a one-year deal with the Jets worth up to $20 million.

“I feel like I’m living in a fairy tale or something,” Fashanu said after being drafted. “He was the first player I ever saw where he saw film as a tackle. I didn’t start playing football until I was a freshman in high school, and he was the absolute standard at left tackle at the time.

“So, if I get the chance to watch his films years after years and now have this amazing opportunity to learn with him, what more can I ask for?”

Fashanu was limited during rookie minicamp earlier this month while still recovering from a quadriceps strain he suffered running the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in Indianapolis in February, but is expected to be healthy before the start of training camp in July.

COMMENTS: The Jets also announced the signings of RB Braelon Allen, a fourth-rounder from Wisconsin; their three fifth-round picks – QB Jordan Travis of Florida State, RB Isaiah Davis of South Dakota State and CB Qwan’tez Stiggers, who is believed to be the first CFL player drafted by an NFL team without any college playing experience — and seventh-rounder Jaylen Key, a safety from Alabama who won this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant” as the last choice in the draft. … New York’s only unsigned pick is third-round WR Malachi Corley.