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Pokes in the Pros: Six Former Cowboys Ink NFL Rookie Deals

The details on Justice’s new contract and one OSU rookie who has yet to put pen to paper.

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With the NFL Draft now two weeks in the rear view, most of the Cowboys’ latest class of pros have now put ink to paper and have already started their rookie minicamps. So let’s take a look at the particulars for each rookie’s new contract, because who doesn’t like living vicariously through perfect strangers that we feel like we know?

It’s important to remember that only a portion of some of these contracts include guaranteed money and some have no guaranteed money at all. All details and contract jargon come courtesy of Spotrac.

A couple quick definitions:

Cap hit — the amount of money each player counts against a team’s salary cap for the current season (not necessarily his total salary)
Dead money
 — the portion of a player’s salary that still counts against a team’s salary cap after the two have parted ways
Signing bonus — should be self-explanatory
Guaranteed money — LOL

1. Justice Hill — Baltimore Ravens (4-Year, $3.3M)

On May 3, the Ravens signed their fourth round pick to a four-year, $3,258,829 contract. The deal includes an average annual salary of $814,707. During his rookie season, Hill will earn a base salary of $495,000 and a signing bonus of $738,829, while carrying a cap hit of $679,707 and a dead cap value of $738,829.

Guaranteed: $738,829

2. Jordan Brailford — Washington Redskins (4-Year, $2.5M)

On May 2, Brailford signed a four-year, $2,594,576 contract with the Redskins, including a $74,576 signing bonus, $74,576 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $648,644. His base salary this upcoming season will be $495,000 with a signing bonus of $74,576, while carrying a cap hit of $513,644 and a dead cap value of $74,576.

Guaranteed: $74,576

3. Justin Phillips — Dallas Cowboys (3-Year, $1.7M)

On April 27, Justin Phillips signed a three-year, $1,755,000 contract with the Dallas Cowboys, including an average annual salary of $585,000. The contract is not guaranteed. In 2019, Phillips will earn a base salary of $495,000, while carrying a cap hit of $495,000.

Guaranteed: $0

4. Tyron Johnson — Houston Texans (3-Year, $1.7M)

On April 27, Tyron Johnson signed a three-year, $1,760,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $5,000 signing bonus, $35,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $586,667. In 2019, Johnson will earn a base salary of $495,000 and a signing bonus of $5,000, while carrying a cap hit of $496,666 and a dead cap value of $35,000.

Guaranteed: $35,000

5. Larry Williams — Green Bay Packers (3-Year, $1.7M)

On May 3, Larry Williams signed a three-year, $1,755,000 contract with the Green Bay Packers, including an average annual salary of $585,000. In 2019, Williams will earn a base salary of $495,000, while carrying a cap hit of $495,000.

Guaranteed: $0

6. Jarrell Owens — Cleveland Browns (3-Year, $1.7M)

On May 3, Owens signed a three-year, $1,755,000 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including an average annual salary of $585,000. In 2019, he’ll earn a base salary of $495,000, while carrying a cap hit of $495,000.

Guaranteed: $0

Camp attendee: Taylor Cornelius — Unsigned, Attending Tryouts

Information on any deals between Taylor Cornelius and the Green Bay Packers — who he has been reported to be attending tryouts with — were not available. This might shed a little light on the situation.

 

Unlike his former teammate Larry Williams, Cornelius is not currently listed on the Packers’ roster alongside Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle or Manny Wilkins. That’s not to say he couldn’t earn a spot, but it remains an uphill battle.

 

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