Update on Patriots’ draft class signing information
|06.13.10 at 1:04 am ET|
We’ve run a couple of contract and agent breakdowns of the Patriots’ 12 draft picks, both of which have focused primarily on who is representing each pick, and whether or not their agency might have a history with the franchise. (Check out the last one we did here.) In this edition, we focus almost exclusively on the market each of the unsigned picks faces when they sit down at the bargaining table, based on where they were selected and what the Patriots have paid out to similar picks in the past:
First-round pick Devin McCourty: No deal yet for the cornerback out of Rutgers, taken 27th overall. For what it’s worth, the entire league appears to be taking a cautious approach toward signing first- and second-rounders — none of them have been signed yet. Five years feels about right for McCourty, considering what previous first-rounders have signed in New England. We said this last time, but it bears repeating — last year’s 27th overall pick (UConn running back Donald Brown) signed a deal with the Colts that was for five years and $12.835 million with $6.845 million guaranteed.
Second-round pick Rob Gronkowski: No deal either for the 42nd overall pick in the draft, but history and the market suggest Gronkowski is looking at a four-year deal worth just over $4 million with guaranteed money in the $2 million range. (Last year, the No. 41 overall pick was cornerback Darius Butler — taken by the Patriots, he signed a four-year deal worth $4.325 million with $2.735 million guaranteed.)
Second-round pick Jermaine Cunnigham: The Florida linebacker, taken No. 53 overall, remains unsigned, but again, using what we know about the Patriots and what previous picks in this neighborhood have received, a four-year deal for roughly $3.5 million with between $1.5 million and $2 million guaranteed is likely. By way of comparison, last year’s No. 53 was running back LeSean McCoy out of Pittsburgh. He went to Philadelphia (a team similar to the Patriots in their team-building approach), and signed a four-year deal with $3.497 million, with $1.727 million guaranteed.
Second-round pick Brandon Spikes: Another linebacker out of Florida, he was taken No. 62 overall. While he should still count on a four-year contract, the end of the second round is when we start to see deals drop into the low $3 million range, while guaranteed money sometimes drops out of the million dollar range and into the high six figures. Last year’s 62nd overall selection (defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks out of Auburn) received a four-year deal worth $3.117 million with $1.361 million guaranteed.
Third-round pick Taylor Price: The wide receiver out of Ohio signed a four-year deal that could max out at $3.35 million with a $704,000 signing bonus on May 25.
Fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez: The tight end out of Florida signed a four-year, $2.69 million deal on June 8 that could max out at $3.56 million if he hits all his incentives, excellent money for a fourth-round product. However, it’s been reported by Boston.com that Hernandez only had a $200,000 signing bonus.
Fifth-round pick Zoltan Mesko: The Michigan product is now the lone punter in camp, which will likely increase his worth a tick when the two sides sit down at the bargaining table (if they haven’t already). If the market holds, Mesko is looking at a four-year deal worth just under $2 million, with a signing bonus of roughly $150,000 to $175,000.
Sixth-round pick Ted Larsen: Between the fifth and sixth rounds, deals drop below $2 million, while bonuses drop into the five-figure range. To that end, the offensive lineman out of North Carolina State signed a four-year, $1.87 million contract with an $80,300 signing bonus on May 18. He was the first member of the draft class to sign a deal.
Seventh-round pick Thomas Welch: The offensive lineman out of Vanderbilt signed on June 4, agreeing on a four-year deal that netted him $1.859 million with a reported $69,127 signing bonus (according to Mac’s Football Blog.)
Seventh-round pick Brandon Deaderick, seventh-round pick Kade Weston and seventh-round pick Zac Robinson: Lumping these three together feels right, considering they were taken at Nos. 247, 248 and 250 overall. Nos. 242 through 245 have all signed, and they all pretty much provided a good look at what these three Patriots should expect — a three- or four-year deal worth $1.8 million with a signing bonus of roughly $40,000 to $45,000.
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