There are no more rookie holdouts in the NFL after Jaguars first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon agreed to terms today.
Shortly after we noted that a deal was close, the Jaguars announced that Blackmon has agreed to terms and is expected to sign his contract either today or tomorrow morning.
Blackmon, a wide receiver chosen with the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, had a longer negotiation than other rookies because the Jaguars wanted to build protections into his deal that would allow the team to recoup money in the event that off-field problems derailed his career. Blackmon was arrested for aggravated DUI in June and pleaded guilty in July.
Assuming he can stay out of trouble and learn the offense in the next month, the Jaguars expect Blackmon to be their No. 1 receiver as a rookie. And as long as Maurice Jones-Drew continues to hold out, Blackmon may be the Jaguars’ biggest offensive playmaker.