The Jaguars have signed rookie cornerback CJ Henderson to a contract with $20.5 million fully guaranteed over four years with a fifth-year option, per Ian Rapoport.
The ninth overall pick out of Florida will immediately compete for a starting job on the outside for the Jaguars, who have seen a mass exodus of cornerbacks over the last 12 months. Their two starters on the outside entering 2019, Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye, are both gone, leaving a hole in the secondary. The Jaguars hope Henderson will lock down one of the starting jobs with Tre Herndon and Rashaan Melvin competing for the other.
Henderson has length, quickness, long speed, and ball skills. He'll need to become more consistent with his play-to-play focus and tackling at the next level, but Henderson has all the necessary skills to become an elite cornerback in the NFL.
Henderson is the seventh of the twelve Jaguars' draft picks to sign. He joins OL Ben Bartch, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., DT DaVon Hamilton, LB Shaq Quarterman, WR Collin Johnson, and TE Tyler Davis. Remaining unsigned are EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, CB Josiah Scott, S Daniel Thomas, and KR/PR Chris Claybrooks.
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