The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed their first-round pick Dante Fowler to his rookie contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately closed.
#Jaguars sign No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler to rookie contract today. Terms not immediately disclosed. pic.twitter.com/lcSvuQzJne— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) May 12, 2015
Fowler suffered an ACL injury last week during the first day of rookie mini-camp that will keep him out of the 2015 season, but the Jaguars negotiated in "good faith" to come to a contract resolution.
Here are Fowler's contract terms:
Fowler gets $23.5m fully guaranteed over 4 yrs with a $15.3m signing bonus PLUS no offset language on the gtd $. Jags showing faith in him.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 12, 2015
And here are Dante Fowler's agent Ben Dogra's comments following the signing, according to Garafolo:
"The Jaguars had discussions with me and my business partner Eugene (Parker) before the injury occurred and they never wavered in their commitment to Dante. They honored the contract and their promise and gave us a structure that's the same as their franchise quarterback (Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick last year).
"It's a true testament to ownership, led by Shad Khan, the front office, led by (general manager) Dave Caldwell) and the coaching staff.
"They showed a full commitment to Dante. It's refreshing and they deserve credit as one of the best organizations and places to play in the NFL."