A look at what's holding up Darqueze Dennard signing with the Bengals

Joe Robbins

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to work on signing first-round pick Darqueze Dennard to his first NFL contract. It seems like a layup, as every pick in the draft is slotted into a contract. Dennard is going to sign a 4-year deal worth about $8 million.

So what's the holdup?

It's the amount of guaranteed salary Dennard can get from his contract. Players want to be assured they're getting the money their contract pays them. They want guaranteed money. Dennard wants to know that no matter what happens, he'll get as much of that $8 million as possible in the event he's injured and/or released before the end of his contract.

Here's a look at the amount of guaranteed money players drafted around Dennard will be getting, per NFL.com:

17 C.J. Mosley ILB Baltimore Ravens Signed 4 years, $8.78M fully guaranteed
18 Calvin Pryor FS New York Jets Signed 4 year, $8.5M fully guaranteed
19 Ja'Wuan James OT Miami Dolphins Unsigned
20 Brandin Cooks WR New Orleans Saints Signed 4 years, $8.38M, $7.60M guaranteed
21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Green Bay Packers Signed 4 years, $8.33M, $7.55M guaranteed
22 Johnny Manziel QB Cleveland Browns Unsigned
23 Dee Ford DE Kansas City Chiefs Signed 4 years, $8.15M, $6.626M guaranteed
24 Darqueze Dennard CB Cincinnati Bengals Unsigned
25 Jason Verrett CB San Diego Chargers Signed 4 years, $7.88M, $6.39M guaranteed
26 Marcus Smith OLB Philadelphia Eagles Unsigned
27 Deone Bucannon SS Arizona Cardinals Signed 4 years, $7.71M, $6.23M guaranteed

There are other aspects of the contract like offset language, but in the end, his agent is probably pushing for as much of the contract to be guaranteed as possible.

*Editor's Note: We previously had Dee Ford's numbers at 6.24 million guaranteed. The contract actually gives him $6.626 million in guarantees.

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