Jaguars first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey ended his 33-day holdout Wednesday and signed a 5-year, $23.8 million contract.
The Jaguars traded three lower picks to draft Harvey eighth. As defensive end at Florida, Harvey recorded 20.5 career sacks and was the defensive most valuable player of the 2007 BCS national title game against Ohio State.
"I'm relieved to have the contract done and I'm excited to join my teammates," Harvey told the Jaguars' media office. "I allowed my agent to do his job and represent me, and in the end it was so important for me to get this wrapped up so I could get here and get started."
Harvey's holdout has frustrated coach Jack Del Rio and caused Harvey to miss all of training camp and the first three preseason games.
"We welcome Derrick and will work hard to get him up to speed as quickly as possible," coach Jack Del Rio said. "I know that Derrick has been anxious to get here. It's good for him and also for us to have this done as we finish up the preseason and prepare to start the season."
ESPN reported that Harvey, the NFL's only unsigned first-rounder, will received guarantees of $17,177,500.
"I'm pleased to have Derrick signed and have these contract negotiations behind us," Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said in a statement released Wednesday. "This was a long and challenging process for the player and for the team. We're all happy that Derrick can now focus on getting on the field, being a Jaguar and contributing to this team."
The Jaguars said Harvey will join the team Wednesday and travel to Washington for Thursday night's preseason finale against the Redskins.
- August 13, 2008: Harvey's Holdout, Injuries Trouble Jaguars At DE
- April 27, 2008: Jaguars Trade Up, Pick UF's Harvey With Eighth Pick