Insider Blog: Rookie Ink

Posted Jun 16, 2010

The Chiefs roster is set up in a way that is conducive to draft pick signings

When the Chiefs waived six players earlier this week, the number wasn’t just a total picked out of the blue. Cutting six players was a calculated move as we approach the busy season for signing draft picks to contracts.

It’s no coincidence that by cutting six players the Chiefs found their way down to a total count of 73 players under contract. With all seven draft picks remaining unsigned and a roster limit capped with a ceiling of 80 players under contract…well, you can figure it out.

That’s correct; it’s time to start anticipating the signings of Kansas City’s draft class. For some, news of a signing could be close to breaking any day now. Officially joining the Chiefs may be a bit further away for others.

Currently, the Chiefs are one of 14 teams yet to ink one of their picks.

Here’s how the arrival of the Chiefs 2009 draft class broke down in Scott Pioli’s first season as the principal contract negotiator in Kansas City.

June 18th – K Ryan Succop (7th round, 256th overall)

June 26th – TE Jake O’Connell (7th round, 237th overall)

June 30th – OL Colin Brown (5th round, 139th overall)

July 23rd – RB Javarris Williams (7th round, 212th overall)

July 30th – WR Quinten Lawrence (6th round, 175th overall)

July 30th – DL Alex Magee (3rd round, 67th overall)

July 30th – CB Donald Washington (4th round, 102nd overall)

*August 7th – DE Tyson Jackson (1st round, 3rd overall)

*signing occurred after the start of training camp

As you can see, signing draft picks is a spread out process, but the Chiefs roster is currently prepared in a way that the club could sign all seven picks today (should it wish). If Jarrad Page were to sign his restricted free agent tender offer, the team would then have to release one more player before the final of the seven draft picks were to sign in order to comply with NFL roster limits.

Obviously, any additional signings and/or releases between now and the start of training camp can alter the Chiefs situation.

As with all contracts, the final terms deal with a commitment in the form of both financial compensation and years of obligation. What can we expect for Kansas City’s draft class in that regard?

That answer is hard to come by, due to the fluid nature of today’s NFL environment. Nevertheless, here are some relevant contract details from 2009 to get us all started.

5th overall selection - S Eric Berry

2009 5th overall selection: QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ)

Five years, $57M

($28M guaranteed)

36th overall selection – WR Dexter McCluster

2009 36th overall selection: WR Brian Robiskie (CLV)

Four years, $4.91M

($2.925M guaranteed)

50th overall selection – CB Javier Arenas

2009 50th overall selection: WR Mohamed Massaquoi (CLV)

Four years, $3.63M

($1.875M guaranteed)

68th overall selection – OL Jon Asamoah

2009 68th overall selection: DE Jarron Gilbert (CHI)

Four years, $2.63M

($846,500 guaranteed)

93rd overall selection – TE Tony Moeaki

2009 93rd overall selection – Corvey Irvin (CAR)

Four years, $2.423M

($673,125 bonus)

136th overall selection – S Kendrick Lewis

2009 136th overall selection – DT Terrance Taylor (IND)

Four years, $2.149M

($399,250 bonus)

142nd overall selection – LB Cameron Sheffield

2009 142nd overall selection – P Kevin Huber (CIN)

Four years, $1.945M

($195,000 bonus)

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