First-round pick Justin Pugh has agreed to terms with the Giants and will report to training camp tomorrow with the rest of the team, according to a Tweet from his representation.
As for Pugh himself, he Tweeted a single word to update his status: “Packing.”
While the terms have not been announced, there’s no reason to believe that Pugh’s deal is the standard for first-rounders that are four years with an option for a fifth. Based on his "slotted" position as the No. 19 overall pick the deal will likely be worth a little more than $8 million.
He hasn't yet signed the contract. Ostensibly he'll do that after he's done packing. Probably tomorrow when he reports.
Having Pugh in camp from the start is significant for the Giants because he is expected to compete for a starting job at right tackle. He’ll be battling David Diehl for that job (and throw James Brewer into the mix as well if you want).
When the offseason training program ended, Pugh made it clear he was aware of what was at stake and that missing any time in training camp could be detrimental.
“Playing offensive line, you can’t fall behind,” Pugh said at the time. “Obviously if [the Giants’ offer] is to an extreme, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. But they do things the right way here so I know we’ll get it done. I’m not worried about it.”
The agreement leaves fourth-rounder Ryan Nassib as the only unsigned draft pick in this year’s class. Team president John Mara said today that he expected both Pugh and Nassib’s deals to be completed in time for them to report on Friday. He was right on one of them.