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The pick was a bit of a surprise, as most mocks did not show Stingley as a top-five pick, but his stock rose quite a bit in the weeks leading up to the draft, and Houston hopes it has now landed its No. 1 outside cornerback for the future.
Stingley reported for rookie minicamp on Friday, and that same day, the official terms of his rookie contract with the Texans were announced. Per Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, Stingley’s four-year deal — which includes a fifth-year team option — is worth $34.7 million in total with a $22.4 million signing bonus.
Derek Stingley Jr. four-years, $34.657 million, $22.385 million signing bonus, salaries $705,000, $870,000, $985,000, $1.1 million; plus 2023, 2024, 2025 roster bonuses $1,410,342, $2,870,684, $4,331,026 third day of training camp those years, respectively
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 13, 2022
A former top-five recruit, Stingley’s career began on a high note when he was one of college football’s best corners as a true freshman in 2019. Injuries limited him to just 10 games in the two years that followed, though.
He’s finally healthy after recovering from a Lisfranc fracture, which allowed him to boost his stock quite a bit at LSU’s Pro Day. The Texans will hope he can stay that way as he begins his NFL career.
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