Signing draft picks isn’t nearly the challenge it used to be, but it’s good to see the Jaguars locking their own selections up. Myles Jack was the latest on Friday the 13th.
When the Jaguars decided to take Jalen Ramsey over Myles Jack with the 5th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, everyone thought that spelled the end of any union between Jack and Duval.
Well the rest of the NFL decided to do the Jaguars a favor, allowing the stud UCLA prospect to fall the the 2nd round and within reach of Jaguars general manager David Caldwell. A modest trade up later and Jack was a Jaguar.
That became even more official on Friday when Jack signed his rookie contract with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars signed Myles Jack to a 4-year contract worth $6.3 million, with an included $2.8 million signing bonus, and a total of $3.5 million guaranteed. His average annual salary will be $1.58 million. His base salary in 2016 will be $450k, plus $701k of his total signing bonus. Jack’s 2016 cap hit will be $1.15 million.
What does all this mean? The Jaguars might have one of the best bargains in all of football for the next 4 years if Myles Jack lives up to his potential.
The Jaguars aren’t the only ones excited – Jack has already embraced life in Duval.
With Jack signed, the next big move is to lock up first round pick Jalen Ramsey. Even though he’s a first round pick, it shouldn’t take much longer to get Ramsey under contract. In fact, the tougher negotiation will probably be on Ramsey’s side, as he tries to lock up the number he wants on his Jersey.
With Jack, Ramsey, the return of Dante Fowler Jr., and the rest of the additions made on defense (Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, Prince Amukamara, etc.) the Jaguars are in a much better spot than they were last year.