There was once a time, seemingly a long time ago, when NFL rookie contracts were anything but certain. Teams who had a high draft pick would be held hostage by agents as they postured for more and more money.
Two Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) later, and now rookies signing their first professional contract has become just news which runs late on a Friday night without any fan fare.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 NFL Draft class, it looks as if 6th round pick Quincy Roche, from the University of Miami, will be the first rookie to ink his contract. This per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Looks like sixth-round outside linebacker Quincy Roche is the first Steelers draft pick to sign his rookie deal, per Instagram. pic.twitter.com/LTRyeqDqYj— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) May 15, 2021
With the Steelers starting rookie minicamp, there is a good chance the vast majority of their rookies will be under center when minicamp wraps up. If not by then, at least by the end of mandatory minicamp.
So, how much will Roche be making, and counting towards the team’s salary cap?
Based on the salary cap numbers from overthecap.com, Roche should have a 2021 salary cap hit of $696,644. This amount will not land Roche in the Steelers top 51 salaries on the offseason roster and would therefore not affect the Steelers current salary cap. Each drafted player has a base salary of $660k with the only difference being the signing bonus given based on draft position. The prorated bonus from Roche’s 2021 cap number is $36,644, so this number calculated from a four-year contract would have his signing bonus coming in at $146,576 based on the numbers from OTC.
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