The Detroit Lions have made their first transaction under new owner Sheila Ford Hamp. The team announced on Wednesday afternoon that 2020 third-round draft pick, offensive guard Jonah Jackson, has signed his rookie deal.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but we know a couple things about the contract. Because of the rookie wage scale set by the collective bargaining agreement, the deal likely looks a lot like the one that Packers tight end Jace Sternberger got last year, because he was also selected 75th overall. Jackson likely has a significant bump due to the rise in salary cap, but the structure will look similar. Sternberger signed a four-year, $3.9 million contract with just over $1 million guaranteed (full terms here).
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle gave some direct details on Jackson’s contract, noting that it was a $4.7 million contract with a $1.048 million signing bonus.
Jackson joins third-round pick Julian Okwara, fourth-round pick Logan Stenberg, and sixth-round pick John Penisini as the only Lions 2020 draft picks under contract. If you’re concerned that the rest of the draft class hasn’t signed yet, don’t be. With players still prohibited from entering team facilities for physicals, teams are taking their time in getting rookies signed. In fact, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, only 27 percent of 2020 NFL draft picks have been signed by their respective teams thus far, including just three first-round picks.