Bengals Sign First-Round CB William Jackson III, Lock Up 2016 Draft Class


The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday that they’ve have agreed to terms with first-round CB William Jackson III.

The Bengals have now signed their entire 2016 draft class.

Jackson, 23, was taken with the No. 24 overall pick after the Bengals after after the top four receivers — Corey ColemanWill Fuller, Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell — came off the board ahead of them. The Bengals not only managed to add depth at corner, but also prevented Jackson from ending up with the Steelers, who instead took CB Artie Burns.

According to, Jackson receives a four-year contract worth $9,705,648 to go along with a signing bonus of $5,258,652. The contract will include a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.

During his senior season at Houston, Jackson recorded 43 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, five interceptions with two of them being returned for touchdowns and an impressive 23 pass defenses.

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