The St. Louis Rams are one of four NFL teams that have yet to sign any of their rookies. Expect that to change soon. General manager Les Snead told CBS Sports that the team expects to start talks after the holiday weekend and have the deals all done when minicamp wraps up in the middle of June.
Negotiations are on hold in order to let the rookies adjust to the transition, which seems like a strange reason. Either way, it doesn't really matter. Rookie salaries are on a convenient slotting system under the new collective bargaining agreement. The numbers are pretty well set, and negotiations are pretty straight forward.
Michael Brockers, the Rams 1st-round pick, should get a four-year worth close to $10 million. Seattle's 1st-round pick, Bruce Irvin (still scratching your head on that one, huh?), got a deal worth $9.34 million with a $5 million bonus.
To give you an idea of how much the rookie salaries have changed under the new CBA, take a look at the five-year deal Seattle gave Earl Thomas, the 14th pick in the 2010 draft. Thomas' deal was worth $21.1 million with $12.32 million guaranteed. Cam Newton, last year's first pick, got a $22 million deal. Things have changed, huh?
The biggest difference is negotiating whether or not the fourth year of the deal will be guaranteed.