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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Estimating contracts for top three picks

By Michael DiRocco

The NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement has taken a lot of the mystery and drama out of signing draft picks. Teams, players and agents pretty much know what a player’s signing bonus and salary will be based on where they were picked.

So it’s not hard to figure out what kind of contract and signing bonus Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick, will receive.

The folks at OverTheCap.com and spotrac.com have put together a rookie wage scale estimate that so far has proven to be pretty accurate. The estimates have been spot on with the reports of contract numbers for picks that have signed.

The Texans have signed all but three picks: Clowney, guard Xavier Su'a-Filo and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. Below are the estimates for the total amount of the contract and signing bonus:

Clowney (No. 1 overall): $14,518,544 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $22,272,998. Because he was a first-round pick, there is a fifth-year option that the Texans can exercise.

Su’a-Filo (No. 33 overall): $2,357,528 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $5,551,598.

Fiedorowicz (No. 65 overall): $703,304 signing bonus and a four-year deal worth $3,185,304.