The Jacksonville Jaguars completed their signing of free agent offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum on Thursday and details of his deal are now starting to come out. On the surface, it's a one-year, $4.5 million deal with some incentives that can kick it up to around $6 million, but thanks to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, we now know it has kind of a crazy option to go with that one year.
#Jaguars signed LT Kelvin Beachum to a 1-yr, $4.5M deal… with a 4-year option worth $40M, source said. Creative with Beachum off an ACL— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2016
That's right. Beachum's deal has a four-year option worth $40 million.
This means that if the Jaguars are happy with Beachum's play for the 2016 season, they can decide to pick up that option which will turn it into an overall five-year deal. This could also mean the Jaguars might have finally come to terms with the fact that Luke Joeckel isn't going to be the long-term answer at the left tackle position, because they'll have to decide if they want to pick up his fifth-year option this season.
I wrote previously that the Beachum deal put Joeckel on notice, this new revelation might have put one foot out the door. Then again, maybe Joeckel finally puts it all together and Beachum slides to left guard and they have a long term solution there. In my opinion however, it screams like Beachum was brought in to try to win the left tackle job.