We all knew it was a matter of time before William Jackson III signed his deal.
Now that the Bengals have every rookie deal done, they can finally move on. Before we move on, lets take a look at the rookie contracts for this years draft.
CB: William Jackson III
pick has a four year deal with a fifth year option. The deal is worth $9.7 million with a signing bonus included in that number for $5.26 million over that time. Seems like a lot for an unproven talent, but if Jackson III can develop into his potential, it is a great value, especially with whatAdam Jones
makes in his three year deal.
WR: Tyler Boyd
Tyler Boyd was the Bengals
out of the University of Pittsburgh. Boyd’s four year deal includes a $1.3 million signing bonus for a total of $4.26 million over his contract. The Bengals lost a receiver to a $9 million dollar deal and another for an average $6 million dollar deal. Boyd comes with great value, even if he replacesMohamed Sanu
ILB: Nick Vigil
Nick Vigil is going to learn from two very good mentors inRey Maualuga
. He comes at a cheap price as well. His four year deal is worth $3.11 million and just shy of $700,000 signing bonus. His cap hit never crosses $1 million dollars. If he sees the playing field this season, he is most likely going to seeKarlos Dansby
beside him, which is another great mentor.
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DT: Andrew Billings
One of the best values in the draft, at least before hitting the field. Andrew Billings is set to stand behindDomata Peko
on the depth chart. He is expected to pass him however at some point. His very team friendly deal of four years, $2.87 million. He should be a huge key in collapsing the pocket from the inside and overpowering interior lineman to get to running backs early.
Christian Westerman is an interior lineman who will probably content withRussell Bodine
for the starting center position. Bodine has been a weak link in the offensive line andJake Fisher
could move around if needed. Westerman adds depth to the interior line in the offense. He signed a four year deal for $2.57 million, not bad for a fifth round draft pick.
WR: Cody Core
Cody Core is expected to compete againstBrandon Tate
, andJake Kumerow
for the fourth and fifth receiver position. He signed a deal worth $2.47 million for four years. If he can fit well into the Bengals system, he could work his way into the starting wide receiver to the third spot on the depth chart next season.Reggie Nelson
and the Cincinnati Bengals could not find common ground, which means he left for Oakland. Clayton Fejedelem has been brought in for depth, withShawn Williams
showing last season, he can step up into the vacant role. Clayton will have a chance to add depth to a position that struggled when injuries popped up. His four year deal is worth $2.4 million and team friendly, barely crossing $700,000 in year four.
Each rookie will give the Bengals talent and at least depth in each position, especially after the Bengals lost a few key members in free agency. The only questions that will be answer come training camp and preseason, will everyone make the 53-man roster and will the Bengals allow any rookie to have an impact in year one?
*All contract details were referenced from Spotrac.com