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Henderson in the fold for five years


Jaguars first-round draft choice John Henderson signed a five-year contract with the team late this afternoon. Henderson, a defensive tackle from Tennessee who was the ninth pick of this past April's draft, received $2.895 million in signing bonus money and will receive another $3.69 million as the second and final installment of that signing bonus on the first day of the 2003 NFL calendar year.

Henderson's $978,000 salary this season will make him a $1.557 million hit on the Jaguars' 2002 salary cap. He is scheduled to earn $300,000 in salary in '03, $544,500 in '04, $789,000 in '05 and $1,033,5000 in '06.

The signing of Henderson completed the negotiations process with the Jaguars' nine-man draft class. Veteran wide receiver Jimmy Smith was the only player on the Jaguars roster who had not reported to training camp as of this evening.

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