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Vladimir Ducasse signs rookie pact

This must be "Signing Day" for the Jets. According to Fox Sports, they just agreed to terms with second-round guard Vladimir Ducasse on a four-year deal worth $3.25 million, including a signing bonus of just over $1 million. A league official also confirmed the contract agreement to Newsday.

Ducasse, who is ticketed to replace nine-time Pro Bowler Alan Faneca at left guard, is the first second-round pick to sign a contract this year. He was the 61st overall selection, and his signing bonus is slightly higher than the $945,000 Miami cornerback Sean Smith received in the same salary slot a year ago.

During the Jets' recent mini-camp, Ducasse, who started the past three years at tackle for UMass, took the majority of first-team snaps at left guard ahead of second-year backup Matt Slauson. Earlier today, it was reported that the Jets and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson agreed to terms on a six-year extension worth $60 million. If he's playing next to a rookie starter on the left side next season, Ferguson will have a big job to help bring Ducasse along quickly.
 

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