Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Ja'Marr Chase (LSU) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Cincinnati Bengals as the number five overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals sign first-round pick Ja’Marr Chase, Joseph Ossai

The Cincinnati Bengals signed wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and defensive end Joseph Ossai to four-year contracts on Wednesday.

Chase’s contract comes with a fifth-year option given he was a first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft. Spotrac pegged the deal at $30.8 million with a signing bonus of nearly $19.8 million.

Ossai was selected in the third round by the Bengals, who have signed all 10 of their picks from the draft.

Chase, 21, spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons at LSU before opting out of the 2020 campaign amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Playing with Joe Burrow in 2019, Chase caught 84 passes and set what then were Southeastern Conference records for receiving touchdowns (20) and receiving yards (1,780) in a season. Chase also led the nation in the latter two categories.

A consensus first-team All-American, Chase won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.

In Cincinnati, he will be reunited with Burrow, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2020.

Ossai registered five sacks, 16 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in nine games at Texas in 2020.

Ossai’s numbers over three seasons in Austin included 165 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) in action against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: LSU WR Chase to skip season, enter draft

Preseason All-American wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase won’t play for LSU, opting out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports Sunday.

Chase is giving up his final two years of eligibility. He was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 from Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, La.

He had a stellar season in 2019, a reliable target for quarterback Joe Burrow en route to the Tigers’ national championship. Chase caught 84 passes and set the Southeastern Conference record for receiving touchdowns (20) and receiving yards (1,780) in a season. He also led the nation in the latter two categories.

A consensus first-team All-American, Chase won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.

He was set to wear No. 7 for the Tigers this season, an honor reserved for the cream of the crop at LSU.

“Ja’Marr is a tremendous football player from the great state of Louisiana that represents our football program with great character and integrity,” coach Ed Orgeron said in March, when he announced the number switch. “(His parents) Jimmy and Toleah have done a great job of raising him and he has worked extremely hard on and off the field to develop as a player, while also becoming an outstanding leader for our team. He’s very deserving of having the opportunity to be the next LSU player to wear number 7. I know he will do a great job of representing that number and all of those who have worn the number 7 before him.”

Previous wearers of the jersey include Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark and, most recently, Grant Delpit.

–Field Level Media