Bengals rookie Hill to get $1.6M guaranteed

May, 30, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals second-round pick Jeremy Hill will make more than $1.6 million guaranteed in his rookie deal that was completed earlier this week, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The running back's contract calls for his entire signing bonus, more than $1 million, and his base 2015 salary to be given as guaranteed compensation.

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesExcluding his signing bonus, Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill from LSU stands to make nearly $3.8 million across the next four years.
Excluding his signing bonus, Hill stands to make nearly $3.8 million across the next four years. His $3,753,602 cap value was actually $2 more than the slotted value he was expected to make as the No. 55 pick in the draft. Per the latest collective bargaining agreement, rookies are slotted to wage values that correlate with where they were picked in the draft. The higher the draft pick, the more money that player will receive.

When Bengals first-round pick Darqueze Dennard finally signs, he'll make nearly $8 million on his four-year deal. He's still the only Bengals draft pick not yet under contract, although he participated with the rest of the draft picks in organized team activities this week.

Hill started the week at OTAs but left after after Tuesday's practice to go to Los Angeles for the NFLPA's "Rookie Primere" event, a mandatory three-day seminar is designed to expose 35 rookies to the business side of football.

On his contract, Hill is slated to take up more than $682,000 of cap space this season. His cap value will rise incrementally each season, going up as much as $1.2 million in 2017. On average, he'll make $938,401 each year.

If Cincinnati let go of Hill in the first two seasons of his deal, it would have cap hits of $367,419 in 2014 and $524,946 in 2015. Across the last two years of his deal, though, the Bengals would save nearly $500,000 (2016) and about $932,000 (2017). Hill also is scheduled to make workout bonuses of $50,000 in each of the last two years on his deal.

The Bengals are convinced that Hill, a star in LSU's multiple-back offense the last two seasons, will play a major role in the direction of their own offense for the next few years. They plan to pair him with some combination of Giovani Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead to form a running back rotation that relies on speed and physical running. As LSU's third-leading receiver in 2013, Hill also was brought to Cincinnati for his hands.

Hill's selection was viewed as a bit of a gamble after he had two serious legal issues in high school and college.

In July 2013, Hill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge after he admitted to punching a man in the head outside a bar the previous April. The incident was caught on camera. It happened while he was already on probation following a January 2012 guilty plea to a misdemeanor stemming from his sexual relationship with a then-14-year-old girl at his high school.

Bengals coaches said they conferred with their counterparts at LSU during the pre-draft process and felt comfortable Hill has matured from both situations.

Here's a breakdown of Hill's rookie contract:

2014
Cap Value: $682,473
Cash Value: $1,469,892
Proration: $262,473*
Base Salary: $420,000
Guaranteed Money: Proration only.
Workout bonuses: $0
Cap savings: -$367,419

2015
Cap Value: $853,091
Cash Value: $590,618
Proration: $262,473*
Base Salary: $590,618
Guaranteed Money: $590,618 (base salary is guaranteed), and proration.
Workout bonuses: $0
Cap savings: -$524,946

2016
Cap Value: $1,023,710
Cash Value: $761,237
Proration: $262,473*
Base Salary: $711,237
Guaranteed Money: Proration only.
Workout bonuses: $50,000
Cap savings: $498,764

2017
Cap Value: $1,194,328
Cash Value: $931,855
Proration: $262,473*
Base Salary: $881,855
Guaranteed Money: Proration only.
Workout bonuses: $50,000
Cap savings: $931,855
*The proration comes from Hill's signing bonus. The full amount of the signing bonus is $1,049,892.
Source: ESPN Stats & Information

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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