Thursday, May 17, 2012
More NFC South rookie pay numbers
By Pat Yasinskas
We showed you the contract details for a bunch of NFC South rookies earlier in the week. I just got a look at four more deals, so let’s run through them.
Atlanta offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, a third-round choice, got a four-year deal worth $2.633 million, including a $533,600 signing bonus. Safety Charles Mitchell, a sixth-round pick, got a four-year deal worth $2.2 million, including a signing bonus of $101,672.
The Falcons have only fifth-round defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi left unsigned. It’s pretty obvious what he’ll make. The Falcons have only $432,215 remaining under this year’s rookie pool of $2.861 million. The total value of Massaquoi’s deal can’t be worth more than $2.882 million because that’s all the Falcons have left available for the full course of all their rookie contracts.
Tampa Bay linebacker Najee Goode, a fifth-round choice, got a four-year deal worth $2.307 million, including a $206,900 signing bonus. Cornerback Keith Tandy signed a four-year deal worth $2.2 million, including a $120,600 signing bonus.
The Bucs still haven’t signed their top three draft picks -- safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David. But they have plenty of room left in this year’s rookie pool. They have $4.496 million available for this year. They also have $25.1 million left to spend over the course of all their rookie contracts.
Carolina already has signed all of its picks and came in just under the maximum allotment for rookie contracts. The New Orleans Saints, who didn’t have a pick until the third round and have the NFL’s smallest rookie pool, have yet to sign any of their draft picks.