IOWA CITY IA - NOVEMBER 20: Defensive back Shaun Prater #28 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes returns a pass interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half of play at Kinnick Stadium on November 20 2010 in Iowa City Iowa. Ohio State won 20-17 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images).
The players that the Cincinnati Bengals selected during the 2012 NFL draft are starting to sign contracts, much like the rest of the NFL. While announcing that safety George Iloka has officially signed, the Cincinnati Bengals also announced that fifth-round cornerback Shaun Prater is in the fold as well. Iloka is the first player that the Bengals signed, according to multiple sources.
Iloka, who was selected at No. 167, signed a four-year deal worth $2.1 million with a $160,300 signing bonus. We project that Prater will receive the similar $2.1 million, four-year deal with a slightly higher signing bonus -- which appears to be the norm, thanks to the collective bargaining agreement driving a little common sense into the process.
The Bengals currently have eight draft picks unsigned, but it's not a worry. Everyone will be allowed to attend the team's rookie minicamp, which kicks off on Friday at Paul Brown Stadium.