Gone are the days of the Michael Crabtree rookie holdouts and rookies not being able to come to terms with their respective teams. With the rookie salary cap in place, signing rookies has become a lot more simple than it once was.
Still, the Rams were one of the last eight teams to sign their rookies with only the Browns, Jaguars, Lions, Titans, Dolphins, and Patriots as teams yet to sign their 2014 first round rookies.
Head coach Jeff Fisher explained his reasoning for this in a press conference earlier in the week saying,
“With the new rookie cap and everything it’s really not difficult to get the deals done. So we just felt like this time would be better served, putting them in the situations from an educational standpoint, financial planning and those kinds of things. We’ve done a lot of that. We’ve got another meeting or two left to go and then I would think we’d get these things done here pretty quickly.”
Just days after Fisher said that the Rams had all eleven of their rookies signed and will have them available when training camp starts in late July. The details of the deals of Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald have have not been disclosed other than they are four year deal just like every other rookie in the first round.
Going off of the deals of Jadeveon Clowney, the next signed rookie at number four overall, Sammy Watkins, and last year’s number two overall pick who was also an offensive tackle, we should expect Robinson to get something between $20-$22-million. As for Donald, he will most likely get around $10-million.
rookies holding out has become a thing of the past, but it’s still a relief when they do eventually get signed. These 11 promising players will be able to get right to work and focus on their work on the field from this point forward.