Before today, there were two 49ers players who had not yet to sign their contracts, franchise player Dashon Goldson and rookie A.J. Jenkins. With the signing of first round draft pick A.J. Jenkins, the 49ers now only have Goldson left to sign to a contract.
The signing was announced on Wednesday by the 49ers and the contract is a four-year deal. The financials of the deal were not disclosed at the time of this posting. The 49ers have now signed all of their 2012 draft picks.
This is a great thing for Jenkins, who has been struggling at minicamps this offseason, because he no longer has his contract to distract him from preparing for the upcoming season. Jenkins still has a long way to go to crack the starting lineup; however, he will have an opportunity at training camp to show he is better than the receiver we have seen at the offseason minicamps.
In case you forgot, here is a short bio on Jenkins from 49ers.com:
Jenkins (6-0, 192), was the 49ers first round selection (30th overall) in this year’s draft out of the University of Illinois. He played in 46 games (26 starts) for the Fighting Illini and ranks third in school history with 167 career receptions for 2,432 yards and 19 touchdowns. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree also added 33 kickoff returns for 773 yards and one touchdown.
In 2011, Jenkins played in 13 games (12 starts) and tallied 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns. He is just the second player in school history to register 90 receptions in a season, and his 1,276 receiving yards were the second-highest single-season total in school history. The First-Team All-Big Ten and honorable-mention All-America honoree led the Conference with an average of 6.92 receptions per game.
Jenkins, a 22-year old native of Jacksonville, FL, attended Terry Parker High School. As a senior, he registered 41 receptions for 515 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 40 carries for 251 yards.