April 27, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars first round draft pick Justin Blackmon smiles as he is asked a question during a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
After missing the first week of training camp, the Jacksonville Jaguars and first-round pick wide receiver Justin Blackmon have agreed to a contract, according to a report by Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. Blackmon is expected to fly to Jacksonville and sign the contract on Tuesday.
The two sides were stuck on figuring out some of the language in the deal, stemming from the Jaguars wanting protection for future potential off the field incidents by Blackmon, stemming from his arrest for an aggravated DUI back in May.
The Jaguars traded up in the 2012 NFL Draft to select the wide receiver from Oklahoma State with the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. Blackmon picked up more than 1,500 receiving yards his final two seasons with Okie State, including catching 38 touchdown passes. Blackmon is expected to pair up with free agent receiver Laurent Robinson to help a Jaguars passing attack that ranked dead last in 2011.
According to the CBA, Blackmon cannot participate in full padded practice until four-days after he signs so it's not very likely he will participate in the Jaguars first preseason game on Aug. 10 against the New York Giants.
Update: Blackmon's deal is reportedly worth 4-years, $19.5 million which is a significant bump compared to the 4-year, $18.43 million that Patrick Peterson received as the No. 5 overall pick in 2011.