The Rams wanted to get all of their 2013 draft picks signed at once. In so doing, they’ve given the players taken from No. 21 to 29 a little extra leverage.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, the contract signed by linebacker Alec Ogletree, the 30th overall pick in the draft, includes three years of fully guaranteed salary with no offset.
Ogletree also will receive a $350,000 roster bonus and a $350,000 training-camp reporting bonus in the fourth year of the contract. It’s a feature that typically exists only in the top half of the bottom third of round one.
Despite multiple off-field incidents at Georgia, the Rams feel strongly about Ogletree. If he plays to his potential and stays out of trouble, plenty of teams will be regretting passing on him.
The players taken between Ogletree at 30 and Kyle Long at 20 won’t be regretting the wait. Ogletree’s contract arguably sets a floor that could allow them to get better deals.