Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Marqise Lee agrees to terms with Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are just days away from having all their draft picks under contract after the team and second-round pick Marqise Lee agreed to terms, the team announced Wednesday.
Lee is expected to sign his contract on Friday, three days before rookies are scheduled to report for training camp. Veterans report July 24.
Because of the NFL’s slotting system of rookie contracts, Lee’s deal is expected to be $5,175,016 over four years and include a $2.083 million signing bonus.
The 6-foot, 192-pound Lee was a first-round talent who dropped into the second round after a junior season at USC in which he played through a knee injury and quarterback issues. Jaguars general manager David Caldwell had tried to trade up to the first pick of the second round to grab Lee but couldn’t work out a deal and instead had to sweat out the receiver's drop to No. 39.
Lee caught 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in three seasons with the Trojans. He caught 57 passes for 791 yards and four scores last season after a monster sophomore season in which he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns.
"He's explosive," Caldwell said shortly after drafting Lee. "He can make defenders miss. He's very instinctive. He's got a feel for zones. He can separate in and out of breaks very well. When he gets the ball in his hands he's a threat to take it to the house.
"He's a playmaker and we need playmakers."
The Jaguars ranked 22nd in passing and 31st in total offense in the NFL in 2013.