• Dante Fowler signed four-year rookie contract Tuesday
  • Deal worth $23.5 million fully guaranteed, Times-Union Says

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Dante Fowler will be paid the maximum amount slotted to the No. 3 overall National Football League draft pick even after tearing a knee ligament in his first practice.

The 20-year-old Fowler signed his four-year rookie contract on Tuesday. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said the team was negotiating with Fowler’s representatives before the injury and that nothing changed in their talks after the linebacker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee less than an hour into his first minicamp.

The team didn’t announce financial details in an e-mailed release announcing the contract. The Florida Times-Union said the four-year deal was worth $23.5 million fully guaranteed, with a signing bonus of $15.3 million, the maximum money allotted to the No. 3 pick.

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