Marqise Lee is one of only four NFL draft picks who remains unsigned and is the only member of the Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft class who has yet to sign a contract, so what's the hold up?
With the new rookie wage scale, Lee's contract is set at a total of $5,174,016 for four years, with a $2,082,924 signing bonus. There's not really much wiggle room for an agent to haggle over, at least not worth missing the start of training camp in two weeks.
Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union spoke to an agent about what the hold up could be, since Lee's agent did not want to speak on current contract negotiations:
The agent said one theory could be that Lee's camp wants his workout bonus - for example, $100,000, -- to not include the $195/day the collective bargaining agreement will require players in 2015 to be paid for attending the off-season program. (Lee wasn't under contract for the recently-completed off-season so he will get none of that money.). Some teams have the off-season program salary included in the workout bonus, which means about $5,000 less for the player. The agent said he once represented a second-round player and the difference was $3,000, and "we split the difference with the team."
The general feeling is that a deal between Lee and the Jaguars should be finalized soon, as the belief is that Lee will be in in time for the start of training camp, which is in just two short weeks.
Lee offers the Jaguars a home run threat every time he touches the ball. While he only posted a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, his explosive ability was evident with the Trojans. If he can avoid injury and improve his catching technique which often led to drops, he should provide the Jaguars with a player who can start Week 1 and make an immediate impact.