On Thursday the Detroit Lions agreed to terms with Oklahoma rookie Ryan Broyles. The contract is valued at $3.678 million with a signing bonus of $1.115 million. Why does this matter? Broyles was the No. 54 pick of the 2012 NFL draft, or one spot behind Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, selected at No. 53.
The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Friday that they had come to an agreement with Still, however terms remain undisclosed. But that doesn't mean we can't take a guess.
We should point out that Rotoworld is projecting the four-year contract to be worth $3.8 million with a $1.18 million signing bonus. That hasn't been confirmed as far as we know. But it makes sense.
Since Broyles was selected at No. 54, we can be assured that Still received something north of $3.678 million with a $1.115 million signing bonus. But not that much. The No. 52 pick, Titans linebacker Zach Brown remains unsigned, so we move up to the next selection at No. 51, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, who signed a four-year deal worth $3.9 million and a $1.3 million signing bonus. Now we've established a hard floor and a soft ceiling.
If we're approximating Still's contract, we're projecting something in the neighborhood of $3.75 million with a $1.18 million signing bonus. Or close to what the slot dictates at No. 53 this year.
The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle Stephen Paea, last year's No. 53 selection, to a four-year deal worth $3,685,902 with a $921,480 signing bonus.