The 2022 NFL Draft is over and it’s now time for the teams to sign their draftees.
First-round picks are their priority and more rookies have agreed to their deals as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero revealed.
These are all fully guaranteed four-year deals with a fifth-year option.
It's May 13, and already 16 of 32 first-round picks have agreed to terms.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 13, 2022
Pelissero confirmed that Houston Texans cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London, and New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Trevor Penning signed their contracts.
Pelissero also added that their contracts are fully-guaranteed four-year deals with a fifth-year option.
Their signings increase the number of first-round selections signed to 16.
Stingley agreed to a $34.6 million deal with a $22.3 million signing bonus.
The Texans signed him after finishing 30th in total yards allowed and 23rd in passing yards allowed per game last season.
Meanwhile, London’s contract is at $21.5 million with a $12.8 million signing bonus.
The Falcons needed a boost at wide receiver after Calvin Ridley got suspended due to gambling on games.
Finally, Penning inked a $14.1 million contract with a $7.4 million signing bonus.
New Orleans can use him after Terron Armstead left for the Miami Dolphins.
Who Else Has Signed Their Rookie Contracts?
Rookies are signing their contracts at a fast rate because they don’t have much leverage yet regarding negotiations.
They have yet to prove themselves in the NFL, leaving them with little to no bargaining chips.
Aside from those rookies mentioned above, defensive ends Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson have also signed their four-year deals.
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Ikem Ekwonu, and Jameson Williams also agreed to their contracts.
Jordan Davis, Trent McDuffie, and Quay Walker also signed on the dotted line.
Rounding up the list of signed first-round draft picks are Kaiir Elam, Devonte Wyatt, George Karlaftis, and Lewis Cine.