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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Jags sign Storm Johnson; 7 unsigned

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars now have two of their nine draft picks under contract after seventh-round pick Storm Johnson signed his four-year deal on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Central Florida running back received a $62,728 signing bonus and his four-year contract is worth $2.28 million.

Sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko signed his four-year contract worth $2.31 million on Monday.

That leaves the Jaguars with seven unsigned players, including first-round pick Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection. It shouldn’t be long before they’re all under contract, though. The NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement has taken a lot of the mystery and drama out of signing draft picks. Teams, players and agents pretty much know what a player’s signing bonus and salary will be based on where they were picked.

So it’s not hard to figure out the size of the contract and signing bonuses the seven unsigned picks will receive.

The folks at OverTheCap.com and spotrac.com have put together a rookie wage scale estimate that so far has proven to be accurate. The estimates have been spot on with the reports of contract numbers for picks that have signed.

Here is what they have estimated for the seven unsigned picks:

Bortles (No. 3 overall): $13,341,672 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $20,654,796. Since he is a first-round pick, the contract also includes an option year that the Jaguars can activate. If they do so, Bortles’ salary in 2018 will be the transition tag number for quarterbacks in 2017.

WR Marqise Lee (No. 39 overall): $2,082,924 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $5,174,016.

WR Allen Robinson (No. 61 overall): $873,360 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $3,510,870.

G Brandon Linder (No. 93 overall): $533,600 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $2,771,100.

CB Aaron Colvin (No. 114 overall): $453,152 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $2,673,152.

LB Telvin Smith (No. 144 overall): $211,052 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $2,431,052.

DE Chris Smith (No. 159 overall): $187,252 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $2,407,252.