Do Balmer's Numbers Tell Jackson's Story?

It's a common game among fans and analysts as draft picks get signed and training camps begin -- guess what your team's first-rounder will get, and when he'll get it, based on the numbers of those draft picks signed around him. It's not an exact science, but it's generally accurate.

As the Seahawks continue to negotiate with USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson, their own first-rounder, the news that the San Francisco 49ers came to terms with defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer of North Carolina was met with great interest in Seattle. Balmer was drafted 29th overall, one spot down from Jackson.

As has been happening with alarming regularity these days,'s Adam Caplan has another exclusive, and he is the first to hit with the terms of Balmer's deal. According to Caplan, Balmer will receive the following base salaries:

(2008) $295,000 
(2009) $991,250 
(2010) 1,189,500 
(2011) $1,387,750 
(2012) $700,000.

He'll receive $6 million guaranteed and can make up just over $11 million should he hit all of the incentives in his contract. The signing bonus is $1.6 million.

Jackson is one of two Seahawks draft picks that remain unsigned at the team prepared to open training camp on Friday morning. Stay tuned for more details as they're available. Top Stories