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QB Trevor Lawrence signs $ 36.8 million rookie contract with Jacksonville Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence signed his four-year rookie contract on Monday and cleared the way for him to attend the start of training camp in three weeks.

Under the NFL’s rookie slotting system, Lawrence’s deal was expected to be worth $ 36.8 million and included a $ 24.1 million signing bonus. He will count $ 6.7 million against the salary cap in 2021. The contract also includes a fifth-year option attached to each rookie deal for election in the first round.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the details of the contract include:

  • Lawrence’s signing bonus is paid within 15 days, and the quarterback is considered to have passed his physical for signing bonus purposes.

  • There is no staggered language in the contract, which means he will still receive the full amount of guaranteed money back in his contract even if he should be released and sign with another team.

  • Most of Lawrence’s compensation comes in his roster bonus in 2022, 2023 and 2024. He earns this bonus if he is on the 90-man roster on the third day after the mandatory reporting date.

  • Lawrence will earn his list bonus even though he is on the list of active non-football injuries.

With Lawrence under contract, Jacksonville has now signed six of its nine drafts. Driving back Travis Etienne (first round), cornerback Tyson Campbell (second) and offensive tackle Walker Little (other) remains unsigned.

Lawrence is expected to be an immediate start in year 1. He went 34-2 at Clemson, who recorded the third best-winning percentage of a starting quarterback (at least 30 starts) in college football since 1978. He ended his college career undefeated in the game in regular season and led the Tigers to the national championship as a rookie in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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