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Dante Fowler will still get paid in 'good faith' after ACL injury

Jaguars first-round pick Dante Fowler suffered a season-ending ACL injury during the first day of practice, but he'll still get paid.

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Jacksonville Jaguars rookie LEO Dante Fowler got injured within one hour of his first NFL practice. While it's not a devastating blow, it sucks. A lot.

But just because Fowler hasn't signed his rookie contract with the Jaguars, that doesn't mean he's going to get shortchanged.

Before rookie mini-camp, Fowler signed a waiver with the Jaguars ensuring that if something absurd happened like getting injured in the first few days of practice, the team would still negotiate in good faith with the player. And that's exactly what's going to happen over the next few days and weeks.

According to ESPN's Michael DiRocco, it will probably be somewhere in the ballpark of a four-year, $23,490,242 contract (fully guaranteed) which includes a $15,343,812 signing bonus. Every rookie who hasn't signed a contract does the same thing before practicing with the team.

Fowler suffered his injury during 11-on-11 drills while rushing the quarterback.