The Houston Texans signed outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft, to a four-year contract Friday.
The deal includes $22.272 million in guaranteed money, including a $14.518 million signing bonus, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Clowney was a two-time all-America at South Carolina, where he set school records with 13 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss in 2012. That same year he was the SEC defensive player of the year and the Hendricks Award winner as the top defensive end in the U.S.
The Texans made Clowney the first overall pick despite having stud pass rusher J.J. Watt already signed.
Clowney’s signing is the earliest a top pick has signed since 2009. The last four No. 1 picks waited until mid to early July before inking their pro contract.