The Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly come to terms with No. 2 pick Luke Joeckel, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
With a 4-yr, fully guaranteed $21.2 mil deal, Jags OT Luke Joeckel will make more than No. 1 pick Eric Fisher. No state tax in FLA.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 23, 2013
Despite the fact that Eric Fisher went No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, No. 2 pick Luke Joeckel got the sweeter deal—at least in the overall financial picture. As Schefter points out in his tweet, the fact that there is no state income tax in Florida will help make Joeckel's deal more lucrative.
This more detailed tweet from Schefter further illustrates the monetary excellence of Joeckel's deal.
OT Luke Joeckel's fully-guaranteed 4-year Jaguars deal also includes a $13,799,344 signing bonus and no offsets.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 23, 2013
No wonder the big man from Texas A&M is all smiles as he meets the press.
Per Joel Corry of the National Football Post, Fisher's deal will be worth $22,190,498 before state taxes in Missouri.
At the end of the day, neither man will miss a meal, but when the No. 2 pick is able to earn more than the top selection, it does somewhat dull the shine of being the first pick.
The comparisons between the two top-level talents will continue for as long as both are in the NFL. When two players who play the same position are drafted so closely together, everything associated with them will be measured together—not least of all, salary.
Coming into the draft, many prognosticators had Joeckel rated ahead of the Central Michigan product. After the Senior Bowl and through pre-draft workouts, Fisher began to gain momentum.
Does it matter that Joeckel's deal is bigger than Fisher's?
Ultimately, his work ethic, athleticism and killer instinct endeared him to Andy Reid and the rest of the Chiefs brass.
Just when it seemed the kid from the small program had gotten the best of the stud from the SEC power, he's had some of his thunder stolen.
That said, he'll likely be happy if he and the Chiefs can grab a few more wins than Joeckel and the Jags.
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