Remember when you'd be lucky to see any first-round picks signed in June, and it was always a race in late July to get everyone inked before training camp started? That was just a few years ago. Contract negotiations with a first overall pick could be a legitimate problem. In 2007, Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell didn't sign until after Oakland had played its first regular-season game. That was the extreme example, but that seems to be over now.
Clowney, like many draft picks already, signed on Friday and it was mostly an afterthought. The news that Clowney had signed didn't even slow people down from complaining about LeBron James' cramping. Thankfully, by now we realize thanks to the slotting of draft pick contracts, that the days of worrying about rookies not being in camp on time are practically over. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain first reported on the four-year deal that has a fifth-year option for the Texans.
Clowney gets $22.272 million guaranteed, including $14.518 mil signing bonus.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 6, 2014
There wasn't a ton of gymnastics that needed to be executed to get that contract signed. The Texans got their prized rookie under contract many weeks before training camp, and Clowney gets a good contract befitting of the first pick of the draft. Isn't it better this way?
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