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The contract for the 20th pick could get interesting, too

Kendall Wright AP

On Friday, we pointed out that not every first-round pick’s contract will be a breeze to negotiate, given the question of whether the four-year deals will be fully or partially guaranteed.

As it turns out, things could get interesting for more than picks 21 through 25-ish.  Per a league source with knowledge of the dynamics, pick 20 also could entail a bit of a fight.

Though last year’s 20th overall selection (Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn) received a fully-guaranteed contract, the guys taken with picks 17 through 19 (Pats left tackle Nate Solder, Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget, and Giants cornerback Prince Amukamura, respectively) got the same deal that defensive lineman Phil Taylor received from the Browns at pick 21 (i.e., three years guaranteed and an early roster bonus in year four that would force the team to make a decision on whether to keep him or cut him).

This year, then, the question will be whether the Titans will give receiver Kendall Wright a four-year, fully guaranteed contract.  Per the source, the Chargers and Bears used the same structure in 2012 as the Chargers and Giants, respectively, used in 2011 for the payments in the fourth year.  Thus, it will be easy for the Titans to argue that Clayborn’s contract (the first first-round pick done in 2011) was an aberration, and that Wright should have the same structure as picks 18 and 19.

It also remains to be seen whether the Bengals give Kirkpatrick a fully-guaranteed deal at pick 17.

Yes, it may be a little confusing.  The point is that, for a handful of the picks in round one, it will be a little more complicated to get these deals done.

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6 Responses to “The contract for the 20th pick could get interesting, too”
  1. mjkelly77 says: May 12, 2012 5:22 PM

    Yes, it may be a little confusing. The point is that, for a handful of the picks in round one, it will be a little more complicated to get these deals done.
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    Now that the rookie contract dollar amounts are sensible and prescribed, these agents have to earn their keep by extending the guaranteed money. What, three years from now the 2nd rounders will start getting fully guaranteed contracts? If I was a rookie, I’d represent myself on my 1st contract. I’d put the portion that I would have had to pay an agent leech into my own pocket. If I was still around for a 2nd contract, then I’d hire a leech to handle it.

  2. profootballwalk says: May 12, 2012 7:15 PM

    “If I was a rookie, I’d represent myself on my 1st contract.”

    And have a fool for a client.

  3. deadeyedesign23 says: May 12, 2012 7:56 PM

    “If I was a rookie, I’d represent myself on my 1st contract.”

    Yeah people need to realize an agent does a lot more than negotiate your rookie contract.

    Andrew Luck didn’t need an agent for that, but when you start seeing him in Under Armor, Reebok, etc etc ads in the next few months you’ll know why he had an agent.

  4. mjkelly77 says: May 12, 2012 8:32 PM

    deadeyedesign23 says:May 12, 2012 7:56 PM

    Yeah people need to realize an agent does a lot more than negotiate your rookie contract.

    Andrew Luck didn’t need an agent for that, but when you start seeing him in Under Armor, Reebok, etc etc ads in the next few months you’ll know why he had an agent.
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    That’s pretty obvious. Luck was a No. 1 pick and will make more money in the same time frame from endorsements than he will from his 1st contract. Kendall Wright just doesn’t fit that same demographic.

  5. deadeye says: May 12, 2012 9:16 PM

    For everyone who is suggesting that going agentless is a bad idea because agents are also involved in setting up endorsements and so forth, here is a simple concept to quell your fears: sign the rookie contract, then hire an agent the next day.

    The point is that agents get some fixed percentage of the contract value. Why give that away for free?

  6. jayhawk6 says: May 13, 2012 8:42 AM

    Z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z…

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