Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars #1 overall, signed his four-year rookie contract Monday and now is able to attend the start of training camp in three weeks.
Under the NFL’s rookie slotting system, Lawrence’s deal was projected to be worth $36.8 million and included a $24.1 million signing bonus. He will count $6.7 million against the salary cap in 2021. The contract also includes a fifth-year option that is attached to every rookie deal for first-round selections.
Lawrence’s signing bonus will be paid within 15 days and the quarterback is deemed to have passed his physical for signing bonus purposes.
There is no offset language in the contract, meaning that he would still receive the full amount of guaranteed money remaining in his contract even if he were to be released and sign with another team.
The majority of Lawrence’s compensation will come in his roster bonuses in 2022, ’23 and ’24. He will earn that bonus if he is on the 90-man roster on the third day after the mandatory reporting date. Lawrence will earn his roster bonus even if he is on the active non-football injury list.
Lawrence is expected to be an immediate starter in Year 1. He went 34-2 at Clemson, recording the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback (minimum 30 starts) in college football since 1978.