2016 Rookie Contracts Update

Salary Cap 2016 Rookie Contracts Update

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With the new rookie salary pool (“rookie cap”), as instituted by the league’s 2011 CBA, there really isn’t a lot of mystery about the size and scope of rookie contracts. It’s basically now a slotted system.

At the time of this posting, 8 of the team’s 11 draft picks are signed. The 3 remaining unsigned draft picks will sign soon. Each has issues that are unique to that draft spot or, in the case of WR Keenan Reynolds, his military status.

For early 1st round picks, offset language is usually the issue. With the Ravens having not drafted this high since the new system was instituted, this could possibly cause some further delay. High draft picks receive fully guaranteed contracts, so teams often look for offset language which allows them to recoup some or all of the future guaranteed money if the player signs elsewhere. Just how much of the guaranteed money is included in the offsets is the subject of negotiation.

For 3rd round picks, while the total amount of their contract is slotted, the total compensation, after the signing bonus, works out to be a little more than the minimum base salaries. Finding where that extra money goes in the 2nd-4th year base salaries can often cause a bit of a delay.

Lastly, Reynolds creates his own set of issues. His availability may often be up in the air due to his military service requirements. The Ravens may look to fashion a deal that will include less of a signing bonus and more per game roster bonuses for games in which Reynolds is actually available.

1st Round: Ronnie Stanley (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year fully guaranteed deal worth $20,484,332, with a $13,097,696 Signing Bonus.

stanley

2nd Round: Kamalei Correa (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $5,749,638, with a $2,381,556 Signing Bonus. Includes guarantees of $3,542,903.

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3rd Round: Bronson Kaufusi (UNSIGNED)

ESTIMATED Contract: 4-year deal worth $3,725,194, with a $845,016 Signing Bonus.

Bronson Kaufusi rookie contract.

4th Round: Tavon Young (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,945,128, with a $605,128 Signing Bonus.

Tavon Young rookie contract

4th Round: Chris Moore (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,936,360, with a $596,360 Signing Bonus.

Chris Moore rookie contract

4th Round: Alex Lewis (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,831,896, with a $491,896 Signing Bonus.

Alex Lewis rookie contract

4th Round: Willie Henry (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,723,392, with a $388,392 Signing Bonus.

Willie Henry rookie contract

4th Round: Kenneth Dixon (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,723,392, with a $388,392 Signing Bonus.

Kenneth Dixon rookie contract

5th Round: Matt Judon (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,595,736, with a $255,736 Signing Bonus.

Matt Judon rookie contract

6th Round: Keenan Reynolds (UNSIGNED)

STANDARD SLOTTED Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,485,692, with a $145,692 Signing Bonus.

Keenan Reynolds rookie contract

6th Round: Maurice Canady (SIGNED)

Contract: 4-year deal worth $2,440,352, with a $100,352 Signing Bonus.

canady

 

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Brian McFarland

About Brian McFarland

Known on Ravens Message Boards as "B-more Ravor", Brian is a life-long Baltimorean and an avid fan of the Ravens and all Baltimore sports.  A PSL holder since 1998, Brian has garnered a reputation as a cap-guru because of his strange (actually warped) desire to wade through the intricacies of the NFL's salary cap and actually make sense of it for those of us who view it as inviting as IRS Tax Code.      Brian, who hails from Catonsville, MD and still resides there, is married and has two children. More from Brian McFarland

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