What deals Jones, Hightower can expect

May, 11, 2012
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Thanks to the collective bargaining agreement signed prior to the start of the 2011 NFL regular season, rookie holdouts are essentially an issue of the past. NFL franchises should no longer have to sweat the possibility of first-round picks missing part, or all, of training camp, as had previously been a common occurrence.

Nonetheless, NFL teams are still working hard to come to terms with their rookies, as was evidenced by the Baltimore Ravens announcing on Thursday that the team had signed contracts with each of their draft picks.

None of the Patriots seven draft picks, headlined by first-rounders Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower, have signed contracts.

When considering what Jones’ and Hightower’s pacts could be worth, let’s take a look back at the contracts signed by the players selected at their respective spots in the draft order (No. 21 and No. 25) in 2011.

Pick No. 21, 2011: Phil Taylor, Cleveland Browns
Terms: Four years, $8.1 million

Pick No. 25, 2011: James Carpenter, Seattle Seahawks
Terms: Four years, $7.6 million

All drafted-rookie contracts are four years in length, and the terms are set by the rookie wage scale. The contracts signed in 2012 are expected to be worth slightly more than those from 2011, as has been the case in the deals agreed to by 2012 first-round draftees Luke Kuechly (No. 9) and Melvin Ingram (No. 18).
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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