May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) catches a ball during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Done deal. Finally, the St. Louis Rams have all of their 2012 draft picks under contract. Jim Thomas reported late Tuesday night that the Rams agreed to a deal with second-round pick Janoris Jenkins as well as third-round pick Trumaine Johnson.
Details of the deal are still emerging, and one of the early financial components of Jenkins' deal is notable.
Jenkins signed a four-year deal worth $5 million. Of that number, $3.1 million is guaranteed, the biggest jump in guaranteed money from 2011 over any second-round pick.
Prior to Jenkins' deal, two separate reports emerged about the team seeking protections in the deal, one in the form of a dispersed signing bonus and the other a more minor detail of hooking him up with Lindsay Lohan's old financial adviser. No news of the outcome on either of those fronts.
The guaranteed money makes you wonder if that was not one last compromise by the Rams to get some of the protections worked into the deal. After all, why would a team go from seeking some insurance in a player contract to giving that player a guarantee above other second-round picks. Think about it.
Johnson's deal should be more straight forward, though it will be interesting to see how the slotting worked out with the top picks in the third round. Remember, last year's top picks in the third round ended up making less than some of the players taken later in the draft.
Rookies were due to report for training camp on Tuesday. They start practicing on Wednesday.