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Raiders officially sign first-round pick Johnathan Abram

Johnathan Abram

The Raiders signed Johnathan Abram to his rookie contract late Tuesday, making the safety the third selection to ink a deal that day. No. 4 pick Clelin Ferrell and No. 40 Trevon Mullen also signed.

Abram was slotted to receive a contract worth $11.45 million over four years that includes $6.380 million in a signing bonus. There’s also a fifth-year team option available that is standard for all first-round picks.

The Raiders selected Abram with the first-round pick the Dallas Cowboys gave up for Amari Cooper. Abram impressed during the offseason program and joined the first unit during the final week of OTAs. He was there again in minicamp, and a solid training camp could lock him into a starting safety spot right away. He has been practicing with the first-team defense alongside Karl Joseph during minicamp.

The Mississippi State product started 18 games during his collegiate career, playing in 26. He made 170 tackles, including 14 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the program.

The 6-foot, 205-pound safety also spent one year at Jones County Junior College after playing for Georgia during his freshman year in 2015.

In 2018, Abram earned third-team All-America honors by The Associated Press after making a team-leading 99 tackles, along with three sacks, two interceptions, five passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Running back Josh Jacobs, selected No. 27 overall, is now the only of Oakland’s three first-round picks left unsigned — one of only 17 rookies league-wide who remain without a deal.


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