After an NFL team drafts a player, the next step is to sign him to a contract so that he can begin the process of acclimating himself to the new team, playbook, and locker room.
Signing first round picks is sometime easier said than done in this day and age where the value of NFL players continues to rise. When a rookie is signed quickly, it is usually a harbinger of good things to come.
The Baltimore Ravens are hoping that is the case as they recently signed their first round pick, CJ Mosley. Mosley, who was selected 17th overall out of Alabama, has a chance to start when the regular season begins according to head coach John Harbaugh (Courtesy of profootballtalk):
Probably the first impression is that he seems very comfortable in a defense. He understands the game very well. So, he’s been really well-coached, obviously, down [at Alabama]. It’s not like he doesn’t know what gap he is fitting in. It’s not like he doesn’t know what adjustments to make. That’s a long way ahead for a rookie. Plus, he is athletic, and he moves around really well.
Mosley signed a four year contract with a team option for the fifth year. Although the team does not release the figures of the contract, according to Baltimore Ravens.com, Mosley is signed for $8.878 million with a signing bonus of $4.711 million.
Now the Mosley is signed, the Ravens have all but one of their rookies signed to a contract. Safety Terrence Brooks, who was drafted in the third round out of Florida State University, is the lone holdout.