A look at the Pats' rookie payouts

May, 14, 2014
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The Chicago Bears have already signed six of their eight draft picks to contracts, less than four days after the conclusion of the draft.

Other teams will follow suit soon, as the 2011 collective bargaining agreement has made signing rookies a relatively innocuous exercise.

All drafted rookie contracts are four years in length (first-round picks have a fifth-year team option), while undrafted rookies sign three-year deals.

Examining the nine drafted rookies for the Patriots, they have a total four-year allocation of $29,075,052.

For perspective, the Rams, with 11 draft choices and two first-round picks, have a total four-year rookie allocation of $56,978,845, while the Colts, with just five draft choices and no first-round picks, have a total four-year rookie allocation of just $14,018,956.

Rookie signing bonuses have remained flat from last year to this year, meaning top choice Dominique Easley will earn a $3,631,672 bonus upon signing his deal.

From a cap perspective, the Patriots have $7,692,369 in overall space. Fitting their rookies' deals in will be no issue.
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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