General manager David Caldwell was aggressive in upgrading the offense this offseason, and a big part of that was drafting two wide receivers consecutively in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL draft. The first of those selections – wide receiver Marqise Lee out of USC – was one of the last remaining rookies without a contract, until Wednesday.
Although it was a little odd that it took so long for Lee and his agent to come to terms with the Jaguars, it really wasn’t anything to worry about. There is no reason for a player to holdout in negotiating their rookie deal under the current collective bargaining agreement unless there are some extraordinary circumstances.
Lee and fellow rookie receiver Allen Robinson join a wide receiving corp led by veteran Cecil Shorts III, and the group has the chance to develop into one of the strongest positions on the roster. Once considered a top 10 pick, Lee slid into the 2nd round of the 2014 draft after an injury riddled 2013 campaign and questions about his hands. Lee was arguably the best receiver in college football in his sophomore season, and he would be a steal if he can return the form he had in 2012.
With all their rookies under contract, the Jaguars are ready to go for the start of training camp.
- Daniel Lago