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NFL Draft 2014: Eagles Rookie Contract Details

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A reminder that draft picks are cheap.

Mitchell Leff

Now that all seven of the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 NFL Draft picks are under contract, I thought it would be useful to look at what their contracts look like. While I don't have the exact numbers on hand for every selection, there's a general idea of what every Eagles rookie will be making thanks to Over the Cap. All draft picks have slotted contracts so they're fairly simple to figure out.

Player Round (Pick)
Signing 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Bonus Cap Cap Cap Cap Value
Marcus Smith 1 (26)
$3,992,072 $1,418,018 $1,772,522 $2,127,026 $2,481,530 $7,799,096
Jordan Matthews 2 (42)
$1,919,468 $899,867 $1,124,833 $1,349,799 $1,574,765 $4,949,264
Josh Huff
3 (86)
$555,944 $558,986 $668,986 $753,986 $838,986 $2,820,944
Jaylen Watkins 4 (101)
$497,028 $544,257 $634,257 $724,257 $814,257 $2,717,028
Taylor Hart
5 (141)
$215,512 $473,878 $563,878 $653,878 $743,878 $2,435,512
Ed Reynolds
5 (162)
$184,192 $466,048 $556,048 $646,048 $736,048 $2,404,192
Beau Allen
7 (224) $62,248 $435,562 $525,562 $615,562 $705,562 $2,282,248
TOTAL $7,426,464 $4,796,616 $5,846,086 $6,870,556 $7,895,026 $25,408,284

It should be noted that there are some specifics available for Marcus Smith's contract. The first 3 years of Smith's 4-year deal are fully guaranteed at a total of $6.3 million. Also note that there's a fifth year team option for every first round pick, including Smith.

As a fun aside, it's worth pointing out the Eagles saved a small amount of money by trading down to No. 26 in the draft. Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was selected at No. 22, is scheduled to sign a rookie contract worth $8,247,250. With Smith set to make ~$7.8M, that's a total savings of around $450,000. That may not very much in the world of the NFL, but hey, I'll take it.

It's apparent by looking at these numbers why the old.cliché that building a team through the NFL draft works best is true. The Eagles added seven new players at the combined cost of just under $4.8 million in cap space for 2014.