The Green Bay Packers will have all 11 draft picks, including first-rounder Datone Jones, in training camp on time.
According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Jones agreed to his rookie deal on Wednesday, just a day before players must officially report to St. Norbert’s in Green Bay.
Datone Jones’ birthday is today. Packers’ present to him was his contract. The 1st-round pick has signed his deal, source tells @FOXSports.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2013
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jones’ deal is for four years and $7.71 million, with $6.25 million guaranteed.
#Packers have agreed to terms with First round pick Datone Jones. Four years, 7.71 million, 6.25 guaranteed.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 25, 2013
Whitney Mercilus, last year’s No. 26 overall pick, signed a four-year deal worth $7.63 million and $6.55 million guaranteed in June of 2012.
Starved for help on the defensive line, the Packers made the athletic UCLA defensive end their top overall pick in April’s draft. Experienced in the 3-4 defense and possessing ideal size for the five-technique, Jones will be expected to contribute to the Packers defense right away.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.