And then there were three.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced the team has signed third round draft pick, Brandon Linder to a deal, leaving the organization with three draft picks left to be signed.
Linder, a third round pick out of Miami, is expected to challenge for and win a spot on the offensive line that will have four new starters in 2014. If you count the injury to Luke Joeckel that limited him to four games and one quarter against the St. Louis Rams, the entire offensive line is a new unit, something that was a priority heading into the 2014 season.
Linder played center at Miami and worked with Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch when he was a coach on campus before he left for the Jaguars open position. He is expected to move over and play guard as Mike Brewster moves into the slot opened by the retirement of 14-year veteran, Brad Meester.
“It’s very cool,” Linder said Monday afternoon on Jaguars.com. “Since I was playing little league football, it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL. For it to become reality is pretty exciting.”
Linder, an offensive guard, signed his rookie contract with the Jaguars shortly after the team’s seventh organized team activities workout Monday.
Linder became the sixth player from the Jaguars’ 2014 draft class to sign.
“It’s nice to have it done, and now I can just focus on football,” Linder said. “Knowing that I’m here, I’m just excited. It’s a big thing, I think – all the hard work and sacrifice (his family) put in … it’s showing that it finally paid off.”
Details of the contract were not released. All rookies except for first-round selections sign four-year contracts.
With the signing, the only players remaining to be inked to a deal are second round wide receivers, Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson, and the team’s first round pick, quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles deal may only be a matter of time. This past weekend the Houston Texans signed Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall selection in the Draft. The deal, according to sources, was for four years, $22.272M fully guaranteed and a $14.518M signing bonus.
Buffalo, who drafted fourth overall, have signed Sammy Watkins to a deal as well. The receiver out of Clemson is reported to have a contract of four years, $19.94M fully guaranteed and a $12.8M signing bonus.
The St. Louis Rams drafted tackle Greg Robinson ahead of Bortles. Both contracts for the two players should be somewhere in between those two deals.