Jaguars sign first-rounder Dante Fowler to $23.5 million deal,

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed injured first-round draft pick Dante Fowler, the third overall pick of the draft to a four-year,  fully guaranteed $23.5 million deal that includes a $15.3 million signing bonus. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a rookie minicamp and is out for the season. “We are excited to get Dante under contract,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said.  “Negotiations with Dante’s representatives were ongoing prior to his injury last weekend and nothing has changed.  His attitude and spirit that he has shown recently are part of the reasons we selected him third overall.  He understands the process ahead of him and is willing to do the work.  He has a bright future ahead of him with the Jaguars and we look forward to him getting back on the field in 2016 and for many years to come.” “I want to thank Shad Khan, David Caldwell and Gus Bradley for the opportunity they have given me,” Fowler said. “My focus right now is solely on getting better each and every day and attacking my rehab with the same mindset as a pass rusher.  I have only been around the organization for less than a week and it’s been amazing to see the support of my teammates, coaches and staff members.  I’m going to use my time this year to get stronger, faster and be ready to help my teammates on the field in 2016.  This is a great learning environment and I plan on picking up as much information as possible through meetings and watching my teammates throughout the year.” Fowler played in 37 games with 25 starts at Florida and produced 140 tackles (73 solo), 34 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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