Justin Blackmon to sign: Jaguars agree to deal with final rookie holdout
Wide receiver Justin Blackmon has agreed to a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will soon sign a deal that will end the final rookie holdout of the year, the team announced on Twitter.
Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon has agreed to terms. Expected to sign contract tonight or tomorrow morning.—
(@jaguarsinsider) August 06, 2012
Jags WR Justin Blackmon agreed to a four-year contract worth about $19.5 million. And then there was MJD...—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 06, 2012
Blackmon, the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft, was the last rookie who had yet to sign a contract. The former Oklahoma State star twice won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.
In June, Blackmon was arrested for aggravated DUI. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge and received no jail time. His contract talks reportedly stalled at least partly because Jacksonville wanted protection against future off-the-field issues.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville’s star running back, is still holding out from training camp. If that continues, Blackmon may be forced immediately into a major role in the offense.