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NFL Notes: Rookie Contracts, Jaguars, & Jets

Rookie Contracts

  • According to Ben Volin, guaranteed money paid to rookies this year has increased by 9-11 percent from last year, which outpaces the total salary cap.
  • Volin points out that the only players who don’t have offset language included in their rookies contracts are Rams QB Jared Goff and Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey.
  • The Rams tend to do things their own way, but Volin writes that the other 30 teams probably aren’t happy with the precedent they set by not including offset language in the No. 1 overall’s picks contract.
  • The agents for Jets LB Darren Lee, Texans WR Will Fuller and 49ers guard Joshua Garnett are reportedly pushing for more guaranteed money in the fourth year of their contracts.

Jaguars

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said that he believes there’s a “very high percentage” LT Kelvin Beachum will be ready to go for the start of training camp.

I don’t want to say definitively, but it’s a very high percentage he’ll be ready to go at the start of camp,” Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union.

Jets

Jets franchise DL Muhammad Wilkerson declined to say if he’s planning to attend the team’s training camp.

“I’m not going to answer that question right now because there’s no deal in place,” Wilkerson said Friday, via ESPN.com. “Nobody knows what can happen.

Although, Wilkerson did admit that he finds the situation to be frustrating.

“I feel like I deserve a new deal, but I understand it’s a business,” Wilkerson said. “My focus right now is rehabbing the leg and getting ready. I’m surprised, frustrated, but what can I do? What can I say?

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