Luke Joeckel signs Jacksonville Jaguars rookie contract


The Jacksonville Jaguars signed No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel, the team announced Saturday. Joeckel is the highest draft choice to sign a contract this offseason.

The contract is worth more than $21.2 million over four years with a $13.799 million signing bonus, a source who has seen the deal told's Ian Rapoport on Saturday. Rapoport reported the contract is fully guaranteed with no offsets.

The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the first of the 2013 NFL Draft first-round selections to sign. Follow all the moves right here. More ...

With Eugene Monroe entrenched at left tackle, Joeckel has been transitioning to right tackle in Jacksonville. The early reports on his progress have been overwhelmingly positive, starting with a downright dominant performance in rookie minicamp.

The front office believes the bookend combination of Monroe and Joeckel will provide Blaine Gabbert enough time in the pocket to develop into a passable NFL starting quarterback. The Jags allowed the third-most sacks in the league in 2012, with right tackle and left guard as the primary culprits.

The addition of an NFL-ready tackle like Joeckel gives the Jaguars one of the league's most improved offensive lines, along with the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts.

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