May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
The Cincinnati Bengals announced last week that rookie offensive guard Kevin Zeitler agreed to terms on a four-year deal. According to Aaron Wilson, Zeitler's four-year contract is worth $7.544 million with a $3.926 million signing bonus and a total guarantee of $6.124 million. Breaking down the seasons, his contract is fully guaranteed for the first three year, expected to earn $390,000 in 2012, $732,918 in 2013 and $1.075 million in 2014. During his final season under the signed rookie contract, Zeitler is scheduled to earn $1.418 million, but it's not guaranteed like the first three seasons.
The total money guaranteed is a combination of Zeitler's signing bonus, as well as the guaranteed money through the first three seasons.
The Bengals selected Zeitler No. 27 during the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. Rather than selecting the more popular DeCastro at No. 17, the Bengals selected cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick while trading back No. 21 pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for their No. 27 pick as well as the No. 93 selection, who would eventually become Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson.