Inside the Rookie Deals

Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net breaks down the contracts signed thus far by the Seattle Seahawks' 2009 draft class and provides an update on where the 'Hawks are in regards to the "rookie pool".

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When you've got a list of items to accomplish, it's wise to take care of the simpler things first, so you have more time to tackle the more difficult tasks. That's certainly the approach NFL front offices take when signing their draft choices.

As of this morning, 85 of the 256 players chosen in the 2009 NFL Draft have signed or have agreed to terms on a contract. 68 of those 85 (80%) were chosen in rounds 5 through 7, where contracts are fairly uniform and the signing bonuses are all but predetermined.

24 of the 32 NFL teams have signed at least one draft pick. 13 teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, have already signed half of their '09 draft class.

Here's the signing bonus, base salary, and salary cap numbers of the four Seahawks who have signed contracts.

Mike Teel
QB - Round 6 – 178th overall

Signing bonus: $114,250

2009: $310,000 base / $338,563 cap
2010: $395,000 base / $423,563 cap
2011: $480,000 base / $508,563 cap
2012: $565,000 base / $593,563 cap

Courtney Greene
S - Round 7 – 245th overall
Signing bonus: $42,650

2009: $310,000 base / $320,663 cap
2010: $395,000 base / $405,663 cap
2011: $480,000 base / $490,663 cap
2012: $565,000 base / $575,663 cap

Nick Reed
DE - Round 7 – 247th overall
Signing bonus: $41,610

2009: $310,000 base / $320,403 cap
2010: $395,000 base / $405,403 cap
2011: $480,000 base / $490,403 cap
2012: $565,000 base / $575,403 cap

Cameron Morrah
TE - Round 7 – 248th overall
Signing bonus: $40,550

2009: $310,000 base / $320,138 cap
2010: $395,000 base / $405,138 cap
2011: $480,000 base / $490,138 cap
2012: $565,000 base / $575,138 cap

Each contract also includes an escalator, achievable in any of the first three years of the deal, where through playing time and other incentives, the players' 2012 base salary would increase to the low restricted free agent tender, or $1.308 million dollars if there's no collective bargaining agreement.

Rookie Pool Update

The Seahawks were assigned a rookie pool of $5,192,801 to sign their 2009 draft choices. To date, they have used around $1.31 million, or 25%, of their "rookie pool", meaning they have $3.88 million dollars of their allotted cap room to sign first-round linebacker Aaron Curry, second-round center Max Unger, and third-round wide receiver Deon Butler.

Brian McIntyre lives in the Boston area. In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian maintains his own blog (www.macsfootballblog.com), writes for FalconInsider.com, and charts games for Football Outsiders. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you may do so here.


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