Since the signing of the NFL’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011, players selected in the NFL Draft have had little to no negotiation to go through in their contracts. First-round picks in particular have a clear compensation schedule to follow, so most early selections ink their deals far earlier in the past decade than they did previously.
Still, it’s surprising to see a player sign less than 7 days after their selection was made, but that is exactly what happened on Thursday. According to multiple media reports, safety Darnell Savage — the 21st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft — signed his rookie contract with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday afternoon. Savage not only became the first Packers draft pick to sign his deal this year; he also is the first player selected in round one by any team this year to ink a contract.
According to Overthecap.com, Savage’s contract should hold a total value of just over $12.5 million over four years with a signing bonus around $7.1 million. That will put Savage’s 2019 salary cap hit at about $2.275 million and the deal will of course have a fifth-year team option since Savage was a first-round selection.
Then on Friday morning, reports have emerged about two more Packers picks putting pen to paper. Sixth-round draft pick Ka’Dar Hollman and seventh-rounder Ty Summers both have reportedly signed, according to Bill Huber and Rob Demovsky, respectively.
Hollman’s deal reportedly comes with a signing bonus of about $175,000 and a cap hit of about $540,000 this year, while Summers should see just under $100,000 for a bonus with a hit of $520,000. Neither one of those players will affect the Packers’ salary cap in the offseason, because their cap hits do not put them among the 51 highest numbers for the upcoming season.
More signings should be upcoming on Friday and through the weekend as the Packers’ rookies are in town for rookie minicamp. Stay tuned to APC for more news as it breaks.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that the team’s other sixth-round pick, running back Dexter Williams, has signed as well. His financials will come in a bit lower than Hollman’s referenced above.