89 members of the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster are now under contract. According to the NFL’s transaction wire on Monday afternoon, the Packers and second-round draft pick Elgton Jenkins have inked the offensive lineman’s rookie contract, locking him in for the 2019 season.
Jenkins, the 44th overall pick out of Mississippi State, was one of just two remaining draft picks who had not signed their deals. The other, tight end and third-round pick Jace Sternberger, remains unsigned for the time being. According to Over the Cap, the estimated rookie pool contract for a player drafted at slot 44 will include a signing bonus of just under $3 million, which would give Jenkins an approximate cap hit of $1.233 million for the coming season.
A center for the Bulldogs in his final two years of college football, Jenkins has played all over the offensive line and is a candidate to compete for a starting job at guard as a rookie. In addition, he should provide the team with a quality backup for starting center Corey Linsley, regardless of whether he earns a starting job or not.
Combining Over the Cap’s contract projection with their salary cap estimates for the Packers leaves the team with approximately $8.45 million in salary cap space following the Jenkins signing. Adding Sternberger to the mix should only drop the Packers’ cap space by another few hundred thousand dollars, leaving them with just over $8 million to work with heading into OTAs.