Around the NFC West: Rookie deals done

July, 25, 2012
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A significantly streamlined salary structure for NFL draft choices did not stop teams and agents from finding something to argue about during the negotiating process.

In the end, however, all NFC West draft choices had contracts in time for their start of training camp. That had been expected.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' second-round choices, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, reached agreement Tuesday. Thomas: "Jenkins, one of the team's three second-round picks, gets just over $5 million dollars over four years. Of that total, $3.1 million is guaranteed. According to league sources, Jenkins is believed to have the largest increase in percentage of guaranteed money (over the 2011 draft) of any second-rounder this year." Noted: Those are the sorts of things agents care about as they seek ways to recruit new clients. For fans, the bottom line is that Jenkins and the rest of the draft choices will be in camp.

Also from Thomas: a chat transcript in which he offers praise for receiver Greg Salas.

More from Thomas: The Rams expect sizzling weather for camp.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com sizes up the Rams' special teams.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Chris Clemons is the first Seattle player with double-digit sacks in successive seasons since Michael Sinclair in 1997 and 1998. Noted: The Seahawks hope Clemons' career follows a different path. Sinclair cashed in after leading the NFL in sacks with 16.5 in 1998, but he collected only 13 sacks for the remainder of his career.

The SportsXchange says Clemons' new deal runs through 2014 and totals $21 million, and that agent Don Henderson confirmed the contract's length. Noted: The three-year term suggests this deal was reasonable for the Seahawks. Clemons probably did about as well as he could have done under the circumstances. He had a year left on his deal, was already 30 years old and had more value to Seattle than to another team, at least in theory, based on his fit in the Seahawks' scheme.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says there's a chance Beanie Wells and/or Jeff King could practice with the team as early as Wednesday, even though both players opened camp on the physically unable to perform list. Coach Ken Whisenhunt: "It’s a way to assess where they are physically, and then we’ll get them out there."

Also from Urban: thoughts from Adrian Wilson on accepting a new contract. Urban: "Wilson, who will turn 33 during the season, knew a new contract would add salary cap room for the Cardinals. That was one of the reasons he was willing to do it, to send a message to young players like cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Daryl Washington that a good thing is being built and they should want to stick around."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Wilson's new deal includes incentives that could make up for lost salary, according to agent Eugene Parker. Somers: "Wilson's deal was extended two years until the end of the 2015 season. He received a $1.5 million signing bonus and his salary will be around $1.5 million, according to NFL sources. That's less than the $6.5 base salary he was due to receive. Wilson has a chance to earn more money through several incentives in the new contract, including bonuses for sacks and interceptions."

Also from Somers: Former Cardinals offensive lineman L.J. Shelton is running a business in retirement. Shelton: "I took a year off, started a business. Then I liquidated all my real estate stuff. I had 14 properties and I was trying to be landlord. It became a job. I got out of that and started up a management company just this year. It's doing well. I'm not paying the bills with it, but there's not a lot of overhead, either. I went to the NFL (seminar) on the music business and made a lot of great contacts."

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh isn't saying much about the team's rookies at this point.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says footwork is the focus for second-year 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Barrows: "Kaepernick is at the center of one of the more intriguing camp battles on the largely settled 49ers roster as he tries to fend off Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien to be the chief backup to Alex Smith." Noted: Kaepernick presumably projects as the most likely long-term heir to Alex Smith's job among players currently on the roster. The question is whether the team might feel more comfortable turning to Johnson in a pinch if a need arose in the short term.

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