Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that Falcons top draft pick Jamaal Anderson will be signed when practices kick off this afternoon at training camp. Anderson will receive a five-year deal. Per ProFootballTalk.com, it is worth upwards of $31 million and it includes $15.36 million in guaranteed money. There are escalators in years four and five based on playing time and sacks.
This signing makes Anderson the highest first round draft pick to come to terms. He was selected eighth overall. The Falcons have had each of their top draft picks in the past three seasons miss at least one training camp practice. Anderson’s signing brings that streak to an end.
He is expected to compete with third-year veteran Chauncey Davis for the starting position at left defensive end, vacating by Patrick Kerney. Not missing any time at camp will allow Anderson to get off to a better start.