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Del Rio Blasts Rookie Pay

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With Jaguars first round pick Derrick Harvey still not signed, head coach Jack Del Rio issued his most emphatic review of the current state of rookie contracts, and he didn’t hold much back.

The Jaguars traded up in the draft in April to select Harvey with the 8th pick of the draft. What has made the process most difficult is the huge contract signed by the 6th pick, defensive end Vernon Gholston, a 5-year, $50 million contract with $21 million guaranteed.

“There have been some deals in front of us that are outrageous in my opinion and that makes it difficult to have him here,” said Del Rio. “We have a belief on where we’re going to go. His people have a belief on where they want to go and right now, we’re not in agreement so he’s out.”

“He’s falling behind, no question. It’s unfortunate that he’s not here,” Del Rio said. “At some point, you lose so much work that you don’t become as valuable. We’re not there yet, but it’s time to get him in camp. Hopefully he wants to be here bad enough that we work something out.”

The most recent signee, Sedrick Ellis, the 7th pick of the draft, signed a five year deal with a reported $19.5 million of the contract guaranteed.

And that’s the rub: the guaranteed money.

“What’s happened at the very top of the first round is ridiculous,” Del Rio said. “You’re paying guys who have never done anything more than star football players in this league that have played for years and established themselves at this level…it can be a little frustrating.”

Harvey has missed five days of camp so far.


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