Once the mayhem of the NFL Draft is over, general managers and agents of the various players begin one of the tougher parts of an NFL offseason...getting their first round draft pick to sign on the dotted line.
Getting players to sign is an extremely difficult task, as most players wait to see what contracts other players have already signed, as to give a clear picture how much money each selection should make. This is called slotting, and the dollar amount slightly drops for each pick that passes.
Last year, Matthew Stafford agreed to terms on a contract before the NFL Draft took place, signing with the Detroit Lions for a record six-year contract for roughly $41 million.
All contract updates and numbers are based on USA Today, and updated as of this morning.
Sam Bradford came to a deal this weekend, becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history, when he signed a six-year deal for $76 million dollars, with $50 million guaranteed. With incentives, Bradford could end up making up to $86 million.
Bradford's deal puts him as the face of the Rams franchise for years to come, and makes the contracts of NFL greats Peyton Manning and Tom Brady look like chump change.
However, Brady believes that Bradford got what he deserved, stating, "That's the way the system's been and who knows what will happen in the future?," Brady said per the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
"As players, we want the money going to the players. If it's rookies, it's rookies. If it's veterans, it's veterans."
No deal has been reached with the Nebraska star defensive tackle,
Ndamukong Suh. Suh's agents are playing to the fact that Suh was widely regarded as the best prospect in this seasons draft, but the Rams were forced to select Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, based on their recent failures of linemen picks.
Suh has made it clear he wants to be in camp, but this could get ugly as training camp moves forward, especially with the Lions paying a record deal to Matthew Stafford as their first overall selection in last seasons draft.
On Saturday, the Buccaneers agreed with their No. 3 overall selection, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, to a five-year contract worth $63 million dollars and $35 million guaranteed. McCoy, out of Oklahoma, is expected to fill the void left by former All-Pro defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and is believed to be the perfect fit for the Tampa two defense.
McCoy stated earlier in the month that he was intending to wait for fellow Sooner, Sam Bradford to sign his deal before agreeing to his own. Head Coach Raheem Morris is excited about McCoy.
"[McCoy] understands how important he is,"Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris said. "He understands his role, especially when you're talking about the third pick of the draft. You're not talking about a guy who feels like he got hosed. You're not talking about a guy that feels like he doesn't belong or is not wanted. You're talking about a cornerstone to our defense. There's no secret behind it. I knew it was just a matter of time before a deal was done."
Trent Williams was the third Oklahoma Sooner to come off the draft board out of the first four selections. On Saturday, he agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins to a six-year deal worth $60 million with $36.75 million guaranteed.
Williams flew up draft boards in April, as most pundits believed that Williams was a better fit for new head coach, Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.
The Redskins traded for former Pro Bowl left tackle, Jammal Brown of the New Orleans Saints recently, so Williams will have some veteran competition, but it is expected WIlliams will emerge as the starting left tackle protecting Donovan McNabb's blind side.
Eric Berry, the star safety out of Tennessee was one of the most tantalizing play makers in this seasons draft. Regarded by many to be "The next Ed Reed," Berry recently signed a six-year deal worth $60 million, with $34 million guaranteed, making him the highest paid safety in NFL history.
The 6', 211 pound Berry was the fifth player drafted last April after starting 39 games as a Volunteer and totaling 245 tackles, 14 interceptions, and four fumble recoveries.
Before the draft, Russell Okung seemed like the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle go off the board, and some had him going as high as No. 2 to the Lions. Instead, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy dropped to No. 6 overall, which is probably the reason why Okung and the Seahawks have yet to agree to a deal.
Head coach Pete Carrol doesn't seem to be thrilled about the way things are panning out, stating, "I think it's a concern for him every day. The stuff that a rookie misses in these days is immeasurably marked against them."
Carrol went on to say, "I mean it's pretty clear. All of the work has been done in the staging of the position that we're in. It's pretty clear how this should go. And we're absolutely ready to get it done right away. They got to pick up the phone and respond and make sure that we get a chance to get our work done."
Joe Haden was an outstanding cornerback at the University of Florida, and has recently agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns for a five-year deal worth $40 million with $26 million guaranteed.
Haden had been the lone holdout from the Browns eight-man 2010 draft class. Haden will wear No. 23 and fight for starting cornerback spots with Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown.
In Haden's three seasons as a Gator, he made 197 tackles, forced two fumbles, and recorded eight interceptions, four of which came this past season.
Rolando McClain was a cornerstone of the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide defense, recording 105 tackles, recording four sacks, forcing a fumble, and intercepted two passes last season. The Raiders, surprisingly, saw his talent, and selected him with their No. 8 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
McClain agreed to terms with the Raiders front office for a five-year deal, worth $40 million with $23 million guaranteed, becoming the first top 10 selection to sign.
The Butkus Award Winner joined Dez Bryant and Devin McCourty as the only first rounders to sign at the time.
With McClain's deal, Oakland has signed all of its nine-player draft class, which includes second-round selection and former Texas defensive tackle, Lamar Houston.
The Raiders also added two-time Pro Bowl DT John Henderson to solidify a run defense that ranked 29th in 2009.
C.J. Spiller was questionably selected with the No. 9 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills, a team with more holes than a slice of Swiss Cheese. Now, Spiller is raising more eyebrows, as the Clemson Tiger playmaking running back has yet to report to training camp.
Buffalo Bills fans remember Aaron Maybin's holdout last season, which caused the Penn State linebacker to miss all of training camp and most of the preseason, and ended up not being a factor on any Bills plays for his rookie campaign.
Spiller, who is competing with former first round selection Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, who rushed for 1,000 yards last season, for reps in the new Bills offense ran by new head coach, Chan Gailey.
When asked about his contract status, Spiller stated, "I let my agent handle all of that. We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already—before negotiations have heated up."
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive tackle, Tyson Alualu, out of the University of California to replace John Henderson, who departed for the Oakland Raiders, during this years draft. This raised more eyebrows, as defensive tackles Dan Williams, Lamaar Houston, and Terrence Cody were still available.
Terms for Alualu's deal are reported to be a five-year deal worth just under $28 million, with $17.5 million guaranteed.
Alualu, at 6'3", 304 pounds, made 7.5 sacks, and recorded 11.5 tackles for a loss as a senior. In 52 games, he finished his career with 195 tackles and 17 sacks, and was an All-Pac-10 selection twice.
Anthony Davis was an outstanding tackle for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and was the first selection by the San Fransisco 49ers, who are hoping to establish a solid offensive line for quarterback Alex Smith, and running back Frank Gore to succeed behind.
Davis agreed to a five-year deal worth $26.5 million, with $15.954 million guaranteed. Davis' skill set is questionable, but is definitely an upgrade over Barry Sims or Adam Snyder.
Arguably the most complete running back in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers jumped at the opportunity to trade selections with the Miami Dolphins in order to select Ryan Matthews, out of Fresno State. Mathews will receive a $26.65 million deal with $15 million guaranteed over five years.
"We are excited to have Ryan here and ready to go," Chargers president Dean Spanos said. "Aside from his outstanding talents on the field, he's a class young man and the kind of player we're proud to add to our team."
With the departure of LaDanian Tomlinson, the Matthews will most likely be the starting back, with Darren Sproles sharing carries.
Matthews has huge shoes to fill in replacing Tomlinson, but his record of 3,280 rushing yards in three college seasons with Fresno State was enough to convince the team he is the man for the job.
Brandon Graham became the fifth first round selection to sign a contract, when he agreed with the Philadelphia Eagles to a five year deal. The terms of this deal are undisclosed, but Graham is expected to earn around $23 million, with about $13 million guaranteed.
Graham is expected to compete for significant playing time and the Eagles are hoping he ignites their pass rush.
On signing with the Eagles, the former Michigan Wolverine said, "It feels good because I really wanted to get to training camp and coach Reid really wanted me to get to camp and now it's time to show them why they picked me. I have a lot of work to do, but I'm ready to go."
The Seattle Seahawks have yet to agree with their first first round pick, but recently came to terms with their No. 14 overall pick, Earl Thomas, a playmaking safety out of Texas.
The deal is worth $21.1 million with $12.32 million guaranteed over a five year period. Thomas was selected for his instinctive ability, as he made 10 interceptions, recorded 134 tackles, and forced five fumbles over just two seasons with the Longhorns.
Thomas was excited about his deal, and Tweeted, "Thank u jesus the deal is finally done bout to go sign the paperwork now....owww let's do it ..I got my money up messin wit this seahawks..".
Jason Pierre-Paul, the back flipping phenom out of South Florida was a physical freak at the combine, and shot up draft boards.
At No. 15 overall, the Giants selected Pierre-Paul to compete with disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck for starting time.
The Giants also added defensive end, Linval Joseph in the draft to shore up a defensive line that played far under expectations in the 2009 season.
Pierre-Paul signed to a deal worth $20 million over five years with $11.6 million guaranteed.
Derrick Morgan was selected by the Tennessee Titans to fill the void left by Kyle Vanden Boesch, who departed to the Detroit Lions.
Morgan was a stud for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, making 57 tackles, forcing two fumbles, and recording 12 sacks in his last year as a Junior.
Although the financial details to Morgan's deal were undisclosed, it is reported to be a five year contract.
Mike Iupati, a former Idaho Vandals star offensive lineman reached a deal with the San Francisco 49ers worth $18.25 million over five years, with $10.8 million guaranteed to him.
Iupati will join Anthony Davis as two rookies who will be protecting incumbents, quarterback Alex Smith, and running back Frank Gore. Iupati was an outstanding run blocker, and will definitely create holes for Gore, who is coming off an injury plagued season, and Smith, who has his first successful season as a quarterback in the National Football League.
Maurkice Pouncey played for three seasons as the Florida Gators center protecting Tim Tebow under center. Pouncey was the most complete center in the draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who want to return to their smash mouth run attack, selected him with their No. 18 overall selection.
Financial Terms weren't released for Pouncey's deal, but it is a five year contract.
Sean Weatherspoon was a dominating linebacker for the Missouri Tigers, and played all four seasons of his collegiate career. In his Junior and Senior seasons, Weatherspoon recorded over 250 tackles, recorded nine sacks, make three interceptions, and forced a fumble.
Weatherspoon looks to eventually replace 12-year veteran, Mike Peterson and join younger linebackers Curtis Lofton and Spencer Adkins in the Falcons front seven.
Weatherspoon's deal is reported to be over a five-year period and worth $17.5 million with $10.5 million guaranteed.
Kareem Jackson was another focal point of the Alabama Crimson Tide 3-4 defense that won the National Championship. The 6'1", 193 pound corner started all three seasons at Alabama, and recorded 156 tackles and made five interceptions.
The Houston Texans lost their star cornerback, Dunta Robinson, in free agency to the Atlanta Falcons. It is unclear whether Jackson will be starting when opening kickoff comes, but he definitely adds depth to a Texans organization that is poised for a playoff run.
Jackson's contract is a four-year deal worth $13.1 million with $10.35 guaranteed.
The Cincinnati Bengals came to terms with tight end Jermaine Gresham, who missed his senior season at Oklahoma with an injury.
In two seasons as the Sooners' starting tight end, Gresham was absolutely explosive, catching 103 passes for 1,418 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Gresham will be just another weapon for quarterback Carson Palmer in a revamped Bengals offense that features wide receivers Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant, and Andre Caldwell.
Gresham's deal is reportedly worth $15.8 million over five years, with $9.6 million guaranteed.
Although Demaryius Thomas wasn't the most popular of the Denver Broncos two first round selections, he was definitely needed. The Broncos selected Thomas to replace the huge gap left by wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who is coming off of three consecutive seasons in which he caught 100 or more passes.
Thomas is a big and physical target, who caught 46 passes for an outstanding 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns. Even more astounding is his 25.6 yards-per-reception.
Thomas' deal is worth $12.155 million over five seasons, with $9.35 million guaranteed.
Bryan Bulaga was once argued to be a top ten selection in the 2010 NFL draft, but his stock dropped significantly when most experts claimed he was better fit to play guard than tackle in the National Football League.
Either way, the Green Bay Packers jumped at the opportunity to grab a top offensive line prospect to protect their franchise quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked a league high 50 times last year.
Bulaga will make $14.75 million over five seasons, and is guaranteed to earn $8.76 million.
While most people would've thought that the controversial wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was suspended for his senior season by the NCAA for lying about a lunch with Deion Sanders, would be one of the last first round selections to sign, Bryant was the first to sign.
The controversy didn't leave, as he quickly made headlines for not participating in the rookie tradition of hazing, when he refused to carry fellow wide receiver, Roy Williams' shoulder pads in training camp.
In his Junior season, Bryant caught 84 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Now playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant will earn $11.25 million with $8.3 million guaranteed over five years.
Tim Tebow became one of the NCAA's most beloved quarterbacks during his time as the Florida Gators quarterback. Tebow won the Heisman Award, a National Championship, and countless awards during his four year college career.
In the time leading up to the draft, experts had him going in the first round all the way to the fourth round. His character won over Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos, who traded back into the first round to select Tebow, despite already having Kyle Orton under center after a successful season, and trading for Brady Quinn earlier in the offseason.
Tebow's deal is a five-year contract worth $11.25 million ($33 million maximum value) with $8.7 million guaranteed.
Dan Williams, a 327 pound nose tackle out of Tennessee came to terms with the Arizona Cardinals for a five year contract.
Williams is an absolute mammoth, and started his last three seasons as a Tennessee Volunteer. In those three seasons, Williams made 153 tackles and recorded six sacks.
Williams is expected to eventually take over the starting role. The financial terms to his deal are undisclosed.
Devin McCourty was a shutdown corner for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for four seasons, recording 231 tackles, forcing two fumbles, and picking off six passes. McCourty will probably earn some reps during the regular season, but can be a threat on special teams as well.
McCourty was the second first rounder to sign, and will earn $13.2 million million with $7.825 million guaranteed over five seasons.
Jared Odrick had a monster season for the Penn State Nittany Lions, making 43 tackles and seven sacks in his senior year while playing defensive tackle. At 6'5" and 306 pounds, Odrick will be a prototypical defensive end in the Dolphins 3-4 defensive scheme.
Odrick signed on July 29 to a five-year deal worth $13 million, with $7.1 million guaranteed.
Kyle Wilson was an elite cornerback for Boise State, making 159 tackles and snagging 11 passes in his four full seasons of play.
The Jets didn't seem slated to select another cornerback, especially in the first round, as they already have Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and Dwight Lowey, but it is undoubtable that Wilson makes the Jets secondary even better than last year.
Wilson's deal is worth $13 million with $7 million guaranteed over five years.
With running back Kevin Smith's status questionable, the Lions selected the 5' 10" scatback out of California, Jahvid Best to compete for a starting role. Last season, the Golden Bear rushed for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Best managed to sneak his way into the first round, and the Detroit Lions picked him with their second first round selection.
Best will make $9.8 million over five seasons, with a guaranteed $7.1 million.
Jerry Hughes was a dominating pass rushing specialist for the Texas Christian Academy Horned Frogs, making 142 tackles, forced three fumbles, intercepted two passes, and made 28 sacks in four seasons.
Hughes will join a young Colts linebacking corps who hope to make another Super Bowl run this season.
Hughes signed a five-year deal worth $12.6 million and $7 million guaranteed.
Patrick Robinson has all of the physical measurables to be a good cornerback in the National Football League, but his first round status is still questionable.
Robinson made 110 tackles, forced three fumbles and made seven interceptions in four seasons as the Florida State Seminoles starting cornerback.
Robinson will compete with Tracy Porter, Malcolm Jenkins, Randall Gay, and Jabari Greer for playing time.
Robinson's deal is for five years, but the financial terms are undisclosed as of now.