Agent review: Which 2019 NFL Draft picks will get new deals? The history of first-round overtime
The 2011 collective agreement fundamentally changed the way draft picks are paid. A salary scale for rookies significantly reducing the salaries of first-round first-round picks has been put in place. He still exists.
All contracts for draft picks are for four years based on the rookie salary range. Four-year deals in the first round before the rookie pay scale were virtually non-existent. Most first-round players got five-year contracts, except for quarterbacks picked early in the draft, such as Matthew Stafford in 2009 and Sam Bradford in 2010, who signed six-year contracts.
Teams have an option for a fifth year with first-round picks to be exercised after the third year of the rookie contract. The fifth-year option exercise period begins after the end of a player’s third regular season in the NFL. These options must be picked up before May 3. The options for 19 players selected in the first round of 2019 have been selected this year.
The timing of when draft picks could sign contract extensions has also changed. Draft selection contracts cannot be renegotiated until the end of a player’s third regular season in the NFL. This means 2019 rookies became eligible to sign extensions after the 2021 regular season ended on Jan. 9.
First-round contract extension schedule
2022 is not a contract year for the 2019 first-round picks if the option for a fifth year is exercised. Rookie contracts for first-round picks expire after the 2023 season in those cases. For this reason, only a few first-round picks sign extensions before the start or at the start of their fourth season in the NFL.
Since 2011 first-round picks initially became eligible for new deals in 2014, only 25 first-rounders have signed extensions in that timeframe. The 25 players are listed in the tables below.
2011 NFL Draft
2012 NFL Draft
2013 NFL Draft
2014 NFL Draft: None
2015 NFL Draft
2016 NFL Draft
2017 NFL Draft
2018 NFL Draft
In the first eight times first-round picks were eligible for extensions (from 2014 to 2021), an average of 3,125 players per year received new offers after three years. Vita Vea, 12th overall pick in 2018, is not included. The Buccaneers defensive tackle only signed a new contract a day before the end of the 2021 regular season.
Surprisingly, none of the 2014 first-round picks signed extensions in 2017 despite containing NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winners defensive tackle Aaron Donald and rusher Khalil Mack. Donald held off the Rams for most of the preseason trying to get a new contract before returning to play on the fourth year of his rookie deal.
The high point of early first-round extensions was in 2020. Six 2017 first-round picks with options exercised did not play the fourth season under their rookie contracts because extensions were signed. Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles, whose fifth-year option was declined, was ruled out. His deal came 10 games into Denver’s 2020 regular season.
Only 14 NFL teams have made a first-round pick extension since 2014. Teams that don’t meet the criteria include the Bengals, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chargers, Colts, Commanders, Falcons, 49ers, Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Packers Patriots. , Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Titans and Vikings.
Surprisingly, the Rams are leading the way with four extensions given their recent “F** Them Picks” philosophy. That number isn’t going to change any time soon. The Rams haven’t had a first-round pick since Jared Goff in 2016 and won’t have another until 2024.
Extensions skewed offensive players by just over a two-to-one margin. Only eight of the extensions went to defensive players while 17 were to those on the attacking side of the ball.
An emerging trend is to extend quarterback contracts earlier. Overall, six quarterbacks got early overtime. Five of the new passer deals have been in the last three eligible draft classes (first-round picks from 2016 to 2018).
Candidates for the early extension of the first round of 2019
No one from the 2019 first round has signed an extension so far this offseason. Based on history, three of those early players should get new offers before the start of the regular season in September. The season opener for most NFL teams is Sunday, September 11. The most logical candidates for early extensions are below.
First choice: Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
Murray has been pushing for a new deal virtually since the Cardinals lost to the Rams in the wildcard playoff round. Erik Burkhardt, Murray’s agent, issued a statement in block letters in February essentially asking for a new contract. The Cardinals did not make an offer to Murray. Burkhardt recently withdrew the offer he made to the Cardinals.
When the off-season training program began in mid-April, Murray was absent. This sparked speculation that Murray could possibly be traded. Keim saying there’s “no chance” of a Murray being traded should put an end to the rumours. The two-time Pro Bowler is also skipping organized team activities that started for the Cardinals this week.
Murray could be the beneficiary of the Cardinals not meeting his schedule for a new contract. No one imagined quarterback Deshaun Watson getting a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million deal in his trade from the Browns to the Texans, especially given the sexual assault and misconduct allegations. which he still faces. Watson had four years left worth $136 million on the four-year contract extension averaging $39 million per year he signed in September 2020. Burkhardt initially pushed for a contract fully guaranteed comparable to that of Watson would not be a surprise.
A fully guaranteed contract could be problematic due to archaic NFL funding rules and the Cardinals are not considered a cash-rich team. Teams are required to deposit into an escrow account the amount of all coverage in a contract other than injury-only coverage, including those in future contract years.
The Cardinals didn’t pay Murray’s signing bonus in bulk like the 2019 second and third overall picks Nick Bosa got from the 49ers. $6,839,924 of Murray’s $23,589,924 signing bonus was deferred to March 1, 2020.
Second choice: Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers
Bosa showed no ill effects from the torn left ACL he suffered in San Francisco’s second game of the 2020 season. The 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year finished fourth in the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season.
Bosa was named the NFC’s Pro Bowl starter for the second time in his three NFL seasons. He also earned All-NFL/All-Pro honors from the Pro Football Writers of America and Sporting News.
49ers general manager John Lynch called Bosa a fundamental piece shortly after the 49ers lost the NFC Championship Game to the Rams. Negotiations are expected to take place at some point this offseason. The 49ers are proactive in signing core players for extensions.
It’s hard to imagine a deal with Bosa that doesn’t exceed the $112.011 million extension over four years, or an average of $28,002,750 per year. Steelers rusher TJ Watt signed at the start of the 2021 regular season. The deal currently makes Watt the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Eighth pick: TJ Hockenson, TE, Lions
Hockenson earned Pro Bowl honors in 2020. His 2021 season was cut short after 12 games due to a thumb injury that required surgery.
A Hockenson extension could be a possibility. The Lions made 2018 first-round pick Frank Ragnow the league’s highest-paid center last May after his third season in the NFL.
Hockenson’s deal shouldn’t be hard to close because the narrow market is well defined. Any extension will surely be more than the $12.5 million a year that Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith received from the Patriots in 2021 in free agency. Hockenson’s cap is likely the $14.25 million a year the Eagles gave Dallas Goedert midway through last season.
The Browns are very close to a long-term deal with David Njoku, who was named a franchise player in March, according to Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot. The deal is expected to be between $13 million and $14 million per year. Njoku’s deal will help better define Hockenson’s market.
16th pick: Brian Burns, DE, Panthers
Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said the team hoped to extend Burns’ contract beyond 2023 when his $16.012 million fifth-year option was picked up in late April. Burns earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2021 after his second straight season with nine sacks. Surely Burns took notice of the $94 million, four-year extension, averaging $23.5 million a year. 2019 fourth-round pick Maxx Crosby signed with the Raiders in March.