Coming into today, the Green Bay Packers had signed exactly half of their draft class for 2017. The team’s final five picks in the draft all signed their rookie deals before rookie orientation camp last Friday, leaving the top five picks — Kevin King, Josh Jones, Montravius Adams, Vince Biegel, and Jamaal Williams — working out on injury waivers.
However, at least one of the first five picks has ended any concern about his contract status on Thursday afternoon. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Packers and King have agreed to terms on a contract today.
The NFL’s rookie wage scale allows for little negotiation between a player or his agent and the team that drafts him. Over The Cap has an excellent breakdown of the estimates for the contracts for each draft pick. King, as the 33rd overall pick (#1 of the second round), is projected to have a contract structure with details as follows:
Signing Bonus: $3,289,708
2017: $465,000 base, $1,287,427 cap hit
2018: $786,857 base, $1,609,284 cap hit
2019: $1,108,714 base, $1,931,141 cap hit
2020: $1,430,571 base, $2,252,998 cap hit
The numbers will likely be slightly off when the details are released, but they should at least give us ballpark figures for what to expect from King’s contract over its four years.
Because the Packers traded out of the first round and into round two to select King, he will not be eligible for a fifth-year team option.