Jerry Jeudy became the most recent former Alabama player to sign an NFL contract on Thursday. The 15th overall pick agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos that will pay him roughly $15.2 million over 4 years (fully guaranteed), with a $8.6 million signing bonus. 

The talented wide receiver was the first Alabama player ever drafted by Broncos general manager John Elway, and he stands to play a huge role right out of the gate. Denver has lacked a true superstar wide receiver ever since the loss of Demaryius Thomas, so drafting Jeudy made a lot of sense to the team. He will join rising star wide receiver Cortland Sutton and fellow rookie K.J. Hamler in an effort to bolster the Broncos offense, now lead by former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. 

Jeudy’s signing comes not long after two of his former teammates and fellow top 15 draft picks, Tua Tagovailoa and Jedrick Wills, signed lucrative contracts with the Dolphins and Browns, respectively. 

Former teammate Henry Ruggs III also recently signed a contract with the Raiders, the team who selected him 3 draft spots before Jeudy was taken. The two Bama products were considered to be amongst the very best in the draft, but Ruggs being taken before Jeudy (who was expected to go as high as first overall in some projections) did raise some eyebrows on draft night. Many believe the Broncos got a steal in Jeudy falling to them at 15th overall, and their contract agreement certainly signifies that they know the immense talent they drafted. 

Soon, the AFC West and the rest of the NFL will know the struggle that SEC defenses faced game after game. Good luck to one of the best wide receivers the University of Alabama has ever had!

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