The Green Bay Packers' front office continues to work this week during rookie minicamp. With the crop of seven draft picks in town for their first practices and formal exposure to the locker room at Lambeau Field, those players are continuing to sign their rookie contracts.
The latest two names to put pen to paper are the two Stanford Cardinal products: fourth-round inside linebacker Blake Martinez (as reported by ESPN) and sixth-round offensive lineman Kyle Murphy (reported by Packer Report).
Martinez was chosen with the 131st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, a fourth-round compensatory selection. That means his contract should be structured very similarly to Dean Lowry's, as the defensive end was picked six selections later. It should look something like Over The Cap's projection below:
- Signing Bonus: $383,388
- 2016: Base salary $450,000; Cap hit $545,847
- 2017: Base salary $540,000; Cap hit $635,847
- 2018: Base salary $630,000; Cap hit $725,847
- 2019: Base salary $720,000; Cap hit $815,847
Murphy, on the other hand, was chosen in the sixth round with pick #200. That means he slips down a bit on the Collective Bargaining Agreement's wage scale, with a signing bonus that is about a third of Martinez's. Here's the projected contract for the 200th pick:
- Signing Bonus: $126,140
- 2016: Base salary $450,000; Cap hit $481,535
- 2017: Base salary $540,000; Cap hit $571,535
- 2018: Base salary $630,000; Cap hit $661,535
- 2019: Base salary $720,000; Cap hit $751,535
This leaves just three draft picks yet to sign their contracts, and those players are the Packers' top three picks in the 2016 Draft: defensive tackle Kenny Clark, offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, and linebacker Kyler Fackrell.