Justin Blackmon Reportedly Agrees to Terms with Jacksonville Jaguars
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union has the scoop:
Justin Blackmon agreed to terms and will probably sign contract tomorrow to end his holdout.— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) August 6, 2012
The team's official Twitter account also confirmed the news:
Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon has agreed to terms.Expected to sign contract tonight or tomorrow morning.— jaguarsinsider (@jaguarsinsider) August 6, 2012
According to the Florida Times-Union (via ESPN), the deal is expected to be worth $19.5 million over four years.
Blackmon isn't expected to play in the team's first preseason game, but his presence in camp will certainly be welcomed with open arms, especially by second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
The pair will look to improve upon Jacksonville's horrid passing attack from 2011, which saw the team average just 136.2 passing yards per game last season and only manage 12 touchdowns through the air.
Clearly, the Jaguars believed Blackmon could become the elite receiver the team desperately needed when they made him the fifth-overall pick in this year's draft. The two-time Biletnikoff Award winner caught 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns for Oklahoma State in 2011.
Blackmon was the last of the first-round picks from the 2012 NFL draft to remain unsigned. Clearly, he and the Jaguars have a lot of work ahead of them to improve upon one of the league's most impotent aerial attacks.
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