It did not take long for Jalen Carter to ink his rookie deal. He becomes the first of the first-round picks to get it out of the way. He signed his rookie deal with the Eagles. All rookie deals are for 4 years, with a 5th-year option. In Carter’s case, he gets 4 years fully guaranteed at $21.8 million.
Eagles’ DT Jalen Carter is now the first 2024 1st-round pick to reach agreement, landing a 4-year, fully-guaranteed $21,806,184 deal, per source. Deal negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus, Ryan Matha and Jason Rosenhaus with Eagles officials Howie Roseman, Jake Rosenberg, Bryce Johnston. pic.twitter.com/JqejghYuWC— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 4, 2023
Not a surprise. It was something that was inevitable because pretty much every first-round pick eventually signs it. But it is something good to get out of the way so we don’t need to deal with the drama of waiting it out. And with the situation Carter is dealing with off the field, it’s best to avoid any and all signs of drama. It lets them just get to work.
Carter fell to pick 9 after a situation involving a teammate and another Georgia staffer getting into a deadly crash. The driver of the other car was reportedly drunk, and he and Carter were racing. It’s important to note that Carter did not cause the crash, nor was he ever charged with a DUI. But he did get charged with several misdemeanors surrounding the crash. He settled the case before the draft started. But it was still enough to turn some teams off on him. And so the man who many expected to be the first non-QB off the board fell to the Eagles at 9.
The talented player will be an Eagle for at least 4 years. The Eagles hope their veteran leadership, along with his former Georgia teammates on the team, can help keep him from any future off-the-field troubles.
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