Browns officially signs first-round pick Jedrick Wills Jr.
The Cleveland Browns chose to address the offensive line early in the 2020 NFL Draft, taking Jedrick Wills Jr. with the No. 10 pick in the first round.
Over two months since the draft took place, the Browns have officially signed Wills to his rookie contract, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 8, 2020
Seeing that he was a first-round selection, it appears that he’s signed a four-year, $19.7 million contract. However, unlike some rookies, Wills is going to have his entire rookie contract guaranteed, according to his agent Nicole Lynn.
Just last offseason, Jonah Williams was taken with the No. 11 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams, who also played his college football at Alabama, received a four-year, $17.63 million deal. Similar to Wills, Williams’ entire rookie contract is going to be guaranteed.
In the months leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, Wills was regarded as one of the best offensive tackles available. To cap off an impressive collegiate career at Alabama, Wills was a second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC in 2019.
Upon being taken by the Browns, Wills is projected to be the starting left tackle in 2020. With Baker Mayfield being their hopeful franchise quarterback, Cleveland prioritized improving the offensive line this offseason. Besides Wills, the browns shored up the right side of their offensive line by signing former first-round pick Jack Conklin.
By signing his contract on Tuesday, Wills becomes just the third top-10 pick to sign his rookie deal this offseason. The only other first-year players to put pen to paper with their respective teams are Tua Tagovailoa and Derrick Brown.