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Recently-Drafted Hawkeyes Finalize NFL Contracts

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Bryan Bulaga from the Iowa Hawkeyes holds up a Green Bay Packers jersey after the Packers drafted him number 23 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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B.Senior Analyst IJuly 30, 2010

As the new NFL season gets under way, all of Iowa’s recently drafted players enter camp with a signed contract.

With the terms of Bryan Bulaga’s contract to play for the Green Bay Packers finalized, all six former Hawkeyes drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft have secured themselves a chance at the professional level. The black and gold will be well-represented on Sundays this Fall.  

Bulaga was the first Hawkeye lineman selected in the first round since Robert Gallery in 2004. He signed a five-year contract for $14.75 million, with $8.76 million being guaranteed, and is expected to play backup for Green Bay’s starting left tackle Chad Clifton.

Pat Angerer, who was drafted with the No. 63 pick by the Indianapolis Colts, signed a four-year, $3.14 million deal that includes $1.35 million in guarantees. He is expected to serve as Gary Brackett's backup at middle linebacker.

Tight end Tony Moeaki, who was selected in the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs, signed a four-year deal for $2.47 million and $680,000 in guarantees. Moeaki has impressed people with his performance in summer camp, and should see significant playing time for the Chiefs this season.

The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker A.J. Edds to a four-year deal worth $2.27 million.

Cornerback Amari Spievey inked a three-year deal with the Detroit Lions to the tune of $1.91 million.

Offensive lineman Kyle Calloway signed on with the Buffalo Bills for four years and $1.85 million.

According to a tweet from Cedar Rapids Gazette writer Marc Morehouse, "Iowa's 2010 NFL draft class now has $12.01 mill in signing bonuses and $26.39 mill in contracts. Impressive."

Very impressive indeed.

 

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