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.
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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.