And then there was one.
The Green Bay Packers have just one player from their 2018 Draft class who has not yet signed his contract as of Thursday. The Packers announced the signing of second-round cornerback Josh Jackson to his rookie deal, leaving linebacker Oren Burks as the only member of the draft class not to sign.
(We promise that Burks’ appearance on the APC Podcast on Wednesday did not delay his signing.)
As for Jackson, his compensation package is exactly in line with the estimates provided by Overthecap.com for the rookie pool, according to the terms of the deal reported by Rob Demovsky of ESPN. The four-year deal will pay Jackson $6,256,100 in total, with a signing bonus of just under $2.63 million. That will equate to a salary cap hit of $1.137 million in 2018.
The deal for Jackson, the 45th overall pick in the draft, is worth about half the total of Jaire Alexander’s, as the Louisville cornerback was drafted 18th overall. The current collective bargaining agreement strictly dictates contract terms for draft picks based on their selection, however, leaving little negotiation for rookie deals.