The Raiders signed one of their three first-round draft picks Tuesday, and it’s the richest deal of them all.
No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell inked a four-year contract slotted for $31.2 million, with a fifth-year team option standard to all first-round picks, the team announced Tuesday.
Every dime of these rookie deals is fully guaranteed, with a $20.8 million signing bonus.
The Raiders still must sign No. 24 overall pick Josh Jacobs and No. 27 selection Johnathan Abram, but there’s no real concern about a holdup in either case.
Rookie contracts don’t contain much wiggle room thanks to a wage scale that slots players into deals by draft spot.
Ferrell locked up his hefty sum after the Raiders took him higher than many expected. The Clemson edge rusher is an ideal scheme fit with high-level college production the Raiders believe will translate into a steady three-down NFL player capable of contributing right away.
“Clelin is exactly what I’m looking for,” Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. "That’s the kind of guys we had (with the Bengals). The Michael Johnson and the Carlos Dunlaps we had in Cincinnati that are every-down ends, that are big men that can both rush and play the run. So he’s exactly what we’re looking for.”
The Raiders' offseason program ended last week, but rookies can stick around another week to work with strength and conditioning staff and the player engagement department.