The Green Bay Packers finally have the first member of their 2020 NFL Draft class under contract. On Tuesday, the Packers announced that they have signed outside linebacker Jonathan Garvin to his four-year rookie contract.
Garvin was the Packers’ final pick in 2020, selected 242nd overall in the seventh round. The former Miami Hurricane recorded 12.5 sacks in his three college seasons. His sophomore year was his best overall, as he recorded career highs in tackles (60), tackles for loss (17), sacks (5.5), and passes defended (5). He also returned a fumble for a touchdown that year.
According to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, draft compensation is well-defined for players based upon their draft slot. Overthecap.com projects Garvin’s contract to look as follows:
Signing bonus: $79,284
2020: Base salary $610,000, cap number $629,821
2021: Base salary $780,000, cap number $799,821
2022: Base salary $895,000, cap number $914,821
2023: Base salary $1.01M, cap number $1,029,821
At present, Garvin’s deal has no impact on the offseason salary cap, because it is not one of the 51 highest cap hits on the 90-man roster.
This transaction now puts the Packers’ roster officially at 80 players. The team now has eight unsigned draft picks and two other players whom they claimed on waivers prior to the 2020 NFL Draft but who have been unable to take their physicals and are therefore not formally listed on the team’s roster: Gerald Willis and Jamal Davis.