Signing draft picks in the NFL used to come with a lot of intrigue, cat-and-mouse negotiating and even holdouts. Those elements are still around but ever since the league put a cap on rookie contracts, incoming players and their agents know they no longer have the leverage they once enjoyed. Chalk it up to an old labor collective bargaining chip where the old sell out the new.
Thus far, the New York Giants have signed six of their 10 picks from their 2019 draft class: Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love (4th round), Wisconsin linebacker Ryan Connelly and Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton (both 5th rounders), Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine (6th round) and their two seventh-round selections, Kentucky tackle George Asafo-Adjei and Syracuse defensive lineman Chris Slayton.
Below are the contract details for those contracts. All rookie deals are for four years.
Julian Love: $3,290,860 ($770,860 guaranteed)
Ryan Connelly: $2,854,892 ($334,892 guaranteed)
Darius Slayton: $2,753,988 ($233,988 guaranteed)
Corey Ballentine: $2,705,208 ($185,208 guaranteed)
George Asafo-Adjei: $2,612,368 ($92,368 guaranteed)
Chris Slayton: $2,595,572 ($75,572 guaranteed)
The four players who have yet to sign their rookie contracts are the team’s top four picks. Their three first-rounders — Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker — and third-round choice Oshane Ximines, an outside linebacker from Old Dominion.
Jones and Lawrence, selected sixth and 17th overall will get fully-guaranteed deals. Thus far, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (No. 1 overall) is the only Top-7 pick that has signed a contract.
Jones won’t get anywhere near Murray’s money ($35,158,645). He is likely looking at a slightly better deal than the Detroit Lions gave the No. 8 pick, Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson ($19,821,225).
As a guideline for Lawrence, North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury, selected 18th received a fully-guaranteed deal worth $12,882,870.
Baker, selected 30th overall, will not likely get a fully-guaranteed deal. The 31st pick, Washington offensive lineman Kaleb McGary, received a $10,265,742 contract from the Atlanta Falcons, $8,700,437 of which is guaranteed.
Ximines, the 95th pick, is estimated to receive a deal worth slightly over $3 million with about a quarter of that guaranteed.