Former South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney just became a very, very rich man.
Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has been inked to a four-year deal worth $22.3 million, all guaranteed, first reported by Houston Chronicle Texans beat reporter John McClain.
It’s not a huge contract, thanks to the NFL’s CBA that limits all first-round rookies to four years, with a team option for a fifth year. That makes it far, far less than the money players like Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford got post-draft. But it’s still a good chunk of change for Clowney, who, with a fully guaranteed contract, will get paid by the team–plus a signing bonus of $14.518 million on top of the contact–no matter what happens with his career.
Another tidbit from the Chronicle: Clowney will switch to outside linebacker, away from his college position of DE.