Fifth Overall Pick To Cost Detroit Lions About $19 Million

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (left) announces Iowa tackle Riley Reiff (not pictured) as the Lions 23rd overall selection as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) looks on during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

If the Detroit Lions don’t make a trade out of the fifth overall pick they can expect to pay their first round draft choice a total of about $19 million. Now in the third year of the current collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts are fairly straightforward.

Take a look at how the contract for Patrick Peterson, the fifth overall pick in 2011:

YEAR BASE S. BONUS CAP HIT
2011 375,000 2,975,818 3,350,818
2012 1,212,705 2,975,818 4,188,523
2013 2,050,409 2,975,818 5,026,227
2014 2,888,114 2,975,818 5,863,932

The salary cap was basically flat between 2011 and 2012 so the contract for last year's fifth overall pick, Justin Blackmon, looks very similar:

YEAR BASE S. BONUS CAP HIT
2012 390,000 2,975,820 3,365,820
2013 1,231,455 2,975,820 4,207,275
2014 2,072,910 2,975,820 5,048,730
2015 2,914,365 2,975,820 5,890,185

Peterson and Blackmon were both able to get their teams to fully guarantee the entire contract so it is likely the Lions will have to do the same when negotiating with the player they pick.

The dollar amounts in the Peterson and Blackmon deals will likely see a modest bump up as a result of the slightly higher salary cap for the 2013 season. That should bump the total dollar amount from about $18.5 million to closer to $19 million with a fist year cap hit closer to $3.5 million.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions

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