Manatee's Ace Sanders agrees to four-year deal with Jacksonville Jaguars

HERALD STAFF REPORTJuly 11, 2013 

Jaguars Camp Football

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver and former Manatee High standout Ace Sanders catches a pass during minicamp on June 12 in Jacksonville. Photos by ASSOCIATED PRESS

JOHN RAOUX — AP

Former Manatee High football star Ace Sanders has agreed to the terms of his first NFL contract.

The fourth-round pick out of South Carolina agreed to a four-year contract Thursday with the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to a report in the Florida Times-Union, Sanders’ contract includes a $481,448 signing bonus and a first-year salary cap figure of $525,362, per salary slot figures.

Sanders will be the next-to-last draft pick to sign ahead of the start of training camp July 25.

The team's website said Sanders is expected to play a key role as a slot receiver, and his role could be particularly significant early in the season with starting outside receiver Justin Blackmon serving a four-game suspension. Sanders had a productive offseason program after missing the early part of organized team activities with an injury, and worked as the starter in the slot in the team’s final minicamp practice.

Sanders caught 99 passes for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns at South Carolina and returned 53 punts for an 11.2-yard average and three touchdowns.

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