The Colts finally have a complete roster as the first full day of practices at training camp in Anderson begin. Earlier today, the team agreed to terms on a five-year deal with first round pick Jerry Hughes out of TCU.
Mike Chappell, Indy Star:
Before news of the deal broke around noon, team owner Jim Irsay, who took in this morning’s workout along with an estimated crowd of 3,000 at Anderson University, said he wouldn’t be surprised if the team’s first-round pick was under contract "very shortly.’’
Coach Jim Caldwell took it a step further at the conclusion of practice. "He’ll be here this afternoon,’’ he said.
Hughes was the last of the Colts’ eight-player draft class to sign his rookie contract. Contract details were not immediately available, but players drafted in his area of the first round have been receiving a five-year contract that averages about $12 million annually.
Full terms of the deal are not yet known, but Hughes is getting $12 million "and change" annually. This means he is getting more than Jahvid Best signed up for, and Best was drafted one spot before Hughes.
Full details on the contract when they become available. Right now, Jerry Hughes is signed and expected at camp for the 3:30pm practice. The roster for camp is set.
[UPDATE]: Thanks to metal_militia for posting National Football Post writer Aaron Wilson's Tweet about Jahvid Best. Best received a five-year deal worth $12.7 mill. This contradicts what the Detroit Free-Press reported a few days ago (five-years, $9.8 mill for Best), but whatever. As long as Jerry Hughes is signed, I'm smiling.