Tennessee Titans Cave to 1st-Round Pick Kendall Wright's Demands

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterJuly 31, 2012

May 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans first draft pick wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) catches a pass against corner back Gary Wilburn (36) during minicamp workout at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
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Tennessee Titans first-round pick Kendall Wright's patience in negotiations paid off. He signed his first NFL contract on Tuesday with terms that indicate a clear win for the rookie.

Adam Caplan of the Sideline View reports that Wright signed a four-year, $8.218 million deal:

Wright's four-year deal is worth $8.218 million. First three years are guaranteed, plus 92% of the fourth year.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 31, 2012

Brian McIntyre of NFL.com believes the deal is "fairly slotted," including the signing bonus of $4,471,056. What is more than fair to Wright is a guarantee of 92 percent of his fourth year, according to Caplan. This is significantly more than the guarantees given to Chandler Jones, the 21st pick, and Brandon Weeden, the 22nd pick. And it's almost more than 19th overall pick Shea McClellin had guaranteed in his rookie deal.

McIntyre points out that last year's 20th pick, Adrian Clayborn, had his deal fully guaranteed, which was probably a strong point in negotiations for Wright's camp.

An even more compelling argument came up for Wright when starting wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested for DUI, which will likely result in a suspension. Britt's eighth arrest since joining the league also throws his long-term viability into even greater question after an offseason that included three knee surgeries.

Wright has worked hard and performed well, making him very deserving of every penny of his rookie contract. But perhaps he should spring for Britt's legal fees to defend his latest criminal case, because it probably forced the Titans to guarantee even more of the rookie's contract than they were willing to just a few weeks ago.

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