We are almost a month removed from the NFL Draft, and Darqueze Dennard has yet to sign a rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
We know a number of different things already. We know it is going to be 4 years with a 5th year option. We know that it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 million, based on what Dee Ford, who was the 23rd pick, and Jason Verrett, who was the 25th pick, are making. That leaves 2 things to be discussed between parties, guaranteed money and signing bonus.
Unfortunately, most of us are not privileged to know how far apart the parties are, and what each side is demanding. What we do know is that if the Bengals track record are to speak for anything, they have numbers in mind and they will stick to them once it is reached.
What may hurt them is that they didn’t work out the deal before corner Jason Verrett was signed by the San Diego Chargers. The camp for Dennard is now looking at a benchmark since the player taken one pick lower, according to NFL.com, is making $6.39 million in guaranteed money and just over $4 million in signing bonuses.
The Cincinnati Bengals are only a few days from away from mandatory mini-camp and only a month and a half away from the start of training camp. Both parties should be close to finalizing a deal that makes both parties happen but it is unknown when that day will come. Keep a close eye on Stripe Hype for updates and details as we get closer to the 2014 Season.
Thursday June 12 Update: Bengals have announced via Twitter the signing of first round draft pick, Darqueze Dennard.