Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags, DE Lane Agree to Deal; Fifth-Rounder's Contract Is Consistent with Slotting System

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags, DE Lane Agree to Deal; Fifth-Rounder's Contract Is Consistent with Slotting System

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

The Jaguars signed their second fifth-round defensive end draft choice in as many days Wednesday when they came to terms on a four-year deal with Austen Lane.

Lane, selected 153rd overall in the draft in April, will receive a signing bonus of $184,190. Teammate Larry Hart, who was picked 143rd, received $192,800 in a deal announced Tuesday.

"I am really excited to get the deal done and to focus on football and get ready for training camp," Lane said.

Lane said his friends often needle him about leaving his wallet or keys behind, so when he gets the signing-bonus check, the challenge for him will be to get it the bank before his misplaces it.

The Jaguars' deals followed the NFL unofficial slotting system. Lane, picked 10 spots after Hart, received $8,610 less than Hart.

The player drafted right after Lane, Andrew Quarless, a tight end selected by Green Bay, received $182,425. The player drafted right in front of him, Otis Hudson, a guard selected by Cincinnati, received $185,000.

In the slotting system, a player gets slightly less than the player drafted in front of him and slightly more than the player drafted behind him.

The rest of the deals for Hart and Lane were exactly the same. Each player received the minimum salaries of $320,000, $405,000, $490,000 and $575,000, with an escalator clause in the fourth season that would boost their salaries because they won't have a chance to be restricted free agents after their third season.

Hart and Lane will both make more than $500,000 as rookies, assuming they both make the team.

Hart and Lane, who missed most of the organized team activities with a hamstring injury, are expected to play big roles as backup pass rushers for the Jaguars this season. Hart will be the backup to veteran free agent Aaron Kampman on the right side, and Lane will be behind third-year player Derrick Harvey on the left side.

The Jaguars are putting a lot of emphasis on improving their pass rush after recording 14 sacks last season.

Lane was sidelined for most of the OTAs, but he said the injury has healed, and he will be at full speed for training camp. …

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