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Pearson signs four-year deal


The Jaguars have signed second-round draft choice Mike Pearson to a four-year contract, leaving first-round pick John Henderson as the only unsigned draft choice on the eve of tomorrow's training camp reporting deadline.

Pearson agreed to a deal that will pay him a $1.7 million signing bonus, and league-minimum salaries of $225,000, $300,000, $380,000 and $455,000.

"We were able to work out a great deal. I got a signing bonus, which is nice to have when you're starting out a new family," Pearson said.

Hopes are Pearson will compete for the starting left tackle position, though he admittedly must make improvement in his run-blocking technique. At the University of Florida, Pearson developed his pass-blocking skills in the Gators' finesse offense.

"I think I'm able to compete for it," he said of the left tackle job. "I'm going to try to get better and better. If they think I need more time to develop, then I'll do that too. I'll work with coach Maser and do everything as he says to do it."

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