The signings at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft class are finally hitting the transaction wire, and the latest has offensive tackle Luke Jockel signing his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in a deal announced on Saturday. Joeckel is the first of the top four picks in the class to sign.
Eric Fisher has yet to officially sign a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs as the No. 1 overall selection. The same could be said of Dion Jordan with the Miami Dolphins and Lane Johnson with the Philadelphia Eagles. Joeckel's deal came in at four years for $21.2 million with a reported signing bonus of $13,799,344, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Schefter also notes an interesting point that Joeckel will make more money than Fisher despite being a lower choice because of the state in which he will play:
With a 4-yr, fully guaranteed $21.2 mil deal, Jags OT Luke Joeckel will make more than No. 1 pick Eric Fisher. No state tax in FLA.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 23, 2013
Last year's first overall selection, Andrew Luck, did not sign his rookie deal -- a four-year, $22.1 million contract -- until July 19.
With rookie wages already preset after the league's most recent collective bargaining agreement, there's not much drama concerning unsigned picks anymore. Chiefs fans can breathe easy knowing that whether or not Fisher has signed his deal is not a concern one way or the other.
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