Thomas Signs With Jaguars
July 14, 2009
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Wildcat star and rookie wide receiver Mike Thomas to a reported three-year contract, the National Football League club announced late last week.
Thomas, 22, was the club's fourth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the 107th pick overall. He is the second of the team's nine draft picks to sign a contract this year.
One of the other Jags' picks was UA all-conference offensive tackle Eben Britton, who the club selected as the overall No. 39 pick in the second round. He's projected as a left tackle for the Jaguars, his final-year position at UA in 2008. He was the fourth OT taken in the draft
Thomas, 5-foot-8, 198 pounds, set a Pacific-10 Conference record with 259 career receptions in his four-year Arizona career, capped by a senior season in 2008 when he was selected as a first-team All-Pac-10 receiver and the first-team all-league punt returner.
He was one of three receivers selected by the Jaguars in 2009. He was a four-year starter at Arizona ranks third in school history with 3,231 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns.
A native of DeSoto, Texas, Thomas led Arizona to its first bowl appearance in nine seasons in 2008. He finished with 74 receptions for 825 yards and four touchdowns and scored touchdowns three different ways (4 receiving, 2 punt returns, 1 kick return) last year.
'Money Mike,' as he was nicknamed often in news reports during his UA career, appears to have put some real meaning into the moniker. The Jaguars did not release contract details although the Arizona Daily Star has reported that his pact is for three years and included a sizeable signing bonus and an escalating annual salary during its term.
(Information from Jaguars.com used in this release)