The Carolina Panthers now have all five of their draft picks under contract with wide receiver Devin Funchess signing Monday night. The team agreed to terms with three of their draft picks last Thursday (Shaq Thompson, Daryl Williams, and David Mayo) and running back Cameron Artis-Payne on Friday.
The process of signing rookies became much more of a formality since the new CBA instead of a long drawn out negotiating process. Rookie contracts are now based on where a player is drafted and there is very little room for negotiating.
Funchess contract details are not available at this time but Jalen Collins, who was selected one pick behind Funchess, signed a four-year deal worth $5,427,834 with $3,324,236 guaranteed, according to Spotrac. Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman was selected two picks before Funchess and signed a four-year deal worth $5,686,314 with $3,523,970 guaranteed. The Panthers’ wide receiver’s contract should fall somewhere in between these figures.
Funchess career with the Panthers started a little rocky with him having to leave practice Friday afternoon due to cramps. However, he bounced back well and Coach Ron Rivera was happy with his performance. "Real pleased with what we saw from Devin," Rivera said of the second-round selection. "He ran some good routes and showed some good versatility playing all three wide receiver positions."