Trevor Lawrence Signs Rookie Contract
The Jaguars have signed their star quarterback, 2021 first overall pick Trevor Lawrence. First reported by Tom Pelissero and then confirmed by the Jaguars, Trevor Lawrence signed on the dotted line Monday, the day after the Fourth of July. As is standard with all first-round picks, Lawrence's contract spans four years with a team option for a fifth. The contract is worth a total of $36.8 million, with $24.1 million guaranteed, Pelissero reported.
According to Pelissero, the deal has "unprecedented language and payment structure." It includes no offset language and annual roster bonuses from 2022-2024 guaranteed regardless of injury, per Pelissero.
Lawrence has already taken part in rookie minicamp, OTAs, and mandatory veteran minicamp. Lawrence entered offseason training coming off labrum surgery in his left (non-throwing) shoulder but quickly began to take reps with the team and showed signs of development throughout the summer practices. He tweaked a hamstring down the stretch but continued to participate in practices, even if it was in a limited capacity.
Now that Lawrence is under contract and has passed his physical, it's full steam ahead for the phenom from Cartersville, Georgia. He should be able to fully participate in practice when training camp kicks off later this month. He joins third-round pick safety Andre Cisco, fourth-round defensive tackle Jay Tufele, fourth-round EDGE Jordan Smith, fifth-round tight end Luke Farrell, and sixth-round wide receiver Jalen Camp as members of the rookie class under contract. The Jaguars have yet to sign second-round picks cornerback Tyson Campbell and offensive tackle Walker Little.
Jacksonville's coaching staff has yet to name Trevor Lawrence the starter officially, but all signs are pointing to him taking the opening snaps for the Jaguars' offense in 2021.
I'd look for him to take first-team reps early on in training camp. Regardless of his inexperience at the NFL level, Lawrence represents the best chance for the Jaguars to take a leap forward, coming off a franchise-worst 1-15 campaign in 2020.
Getting him under contract before the start of training camp will help the team avoid major distractions and any delay in the young gun slinger's early development. With a host of talented offensive weapons around him, including DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault Jr., Marvin Jones, James Robinson, and Travis Etienne, Lawrence will have plenty of help early on. The interior of the Jaguars' offensive line looks like a bright spot, while shaky pass protection on the right side of the line from Jawaan Taylor leaves some room for doubt.
Lawrence is the odds-on favorite to win offensive rookie of the year and should provide an immediate spark in Jacksonville.
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