NFL 2021 Jaguars quarterback signs his rookie contract
Having a rookie quarterback is the master key that opens the doors to being a contender in the NFL. Since 2011, the Seahawks, 49ers, Rams, Eagles, Chiefs and so many more have taken advantage of the discount of having a franchise quarterback for a fraction of what they pay to the league’s superstarsBut the Jaguars now take advantage of a perfect (or imperfect) storm to get their first pick at an even cheaper price.
Trevor lawrence signed on Monday for 4 years and 36.8 million, as reported by Adam Schefter from ESPN, in addition to the fifth-year option for being chosen in the first round of the Draft. This will allow the quarterback to be available for the first day of training camp and It’s a steal for Jacksonville.
2010 draft pick Sam Bradford signed with the Rams for $ 76 million, 50 guaranteed; it was the largest contract in history without playing a single down. The league changed this starting in 2011, by limit the earnings of newbies. Rookie contracts now have a cap, which is a percentage of the salary cap, which fell by 2021 due to the effects of the pandemic on 2020 revenues.
Like Lawrence not only earn less than half as Bradford, the last pick before the 2011 collective bargaining changes. In a year without a pandemic, Lawrence would have received 1.5 million more than the first pick of 2020, Joe Burrow, who signed for 36.1 million, but the increase was less than $ 600,000, leaving almost a million of what he would have made in any other ‘normal’ season.
By 2021, Lawrence will play ‘gifted’ with the Jaguars, since his impact against the salary cap will be 6.9 million, according to Sharp football. According to the Spotrac database, 200 players will count 6.9 million against the salary cap for the next season, including 23 quarterbacks, among which are backups like Case Keenum (7.3 with the Browns) or who fight for the title like Taysom Hill (7.26 with the Saints).
Two other factors hit Lawrence’s pocket, who many considered would have been the first selection in 2019 and 2020, but the eligibility rules forbid it. Had he entered the league in 2019, he would be in his third season and even if his fifth-year option had been activated for 2023, he would have to negotiate a new deal in the second year of the season. massive new NFL TV deal, which is going to raise wages even more.
Instead, the Jaguars have it at a low price until 2025, with option to sign at franchise quarterback prices until 2026. Lawrence was a five-year bargain in the NFL and, unfortunately, could not get hold of the NCAA income, as Until last week it was approved that college players could earn money for their image.
Imperfect storm for Lawrence, perfect storm for Jacksonville, who must take advantage of these savings to shore up a roster now and maximize his options to contend when the QB remains under his rookie deal.