Easley one of 12 first rounders still unsigned

Easley one of 12 first rounders still unsigned
June 9, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Dominique Easley remains the only Patriots draft pick left unsigned, but it probably won't be long before his deal is completed.

The reason? Under the new collective bargaining agreement, rookie salaries are slotted. There's not much haggling to be done.

All contracts for first rounders are four years in length with a team option for a fifth year. And since it was announced in early May that the NFL and NFLPA had decided to freeze rookie signing bonuses to keep them at their 2013 values, Easley will get $3,631,672 as the No. 29 pick. 

Nice and tidy.

The total amount of guaranteed money is one of the few sticking points of rookie negotiations and can vary.

For a look at the range in which the total value of Easley's deal may fall, we can look at the two players drafted before and after Easley since Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin, the No. 28 overall pick in the 2014 draft, was signed Monday. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, the wideout from Florida State inked a deal worth $7.66 million with $6.19 million guaranteed.

San Francisco's pick at No. 30, Jimmie Ward, was reportedly signed to a deal last month worth $7.112 million with $5.722 million guaranteed.

OvertheCap.com estimates that Easley -- one of 11 first rounders still unsigned -- will get a deal that will fall in the range of $7.3 million.