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    Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Aug. 06 2006

    For years, the basic thumbnail of NFL player contracts included three basic
    pieces of information: contract length, overall contract value and amount of
    the signing bonus.

    But for first-round draft picks, those days are gone. At least that has been
    the case in recent years because of wrinkles and complications in the
    collective bargaining agreement. As the contract of Rams cornerback Tye Hill
    illustrates, there's often more to first-round contracts than meets the eye.

    At face value, Hill's contract will pay him just under $10.2 million, with no
    signing bonus, and a minimum base salary of $275,000 this season. But
    incentives and escalator clauses could raise the overall value to $12.6 million.

    And don't be fooled by the lack of a signing bonus. Hill received a $1.079
    million roster bonus the day after he signed the contract. He will receive a
    $5.33 million option bonus on the first day of the 2007 "league" year in March.
    Once that option bonus kicks in - for the fifth year of the contract - Hill's
    2009 base salary of $1.037 million becomes guaranteed.

    Throw in that $275,000 base salary for this year - because Hill isn't going to
    be cut as a rookie - and in essence, $7.7 million of Hill's contract is
    guaranteed.

    The contract structure sounds complicated, but it's all about maximizing
    income, particularly guaranteed income for players, by finessing the salary-cap
    rules. At the same time, it's obviously a deal that works for the Rams.

    Here's the basic breakdown. According to information filed with the NFL Players
    Association, Hill's base salaries are: $275,000 in 2006; $360,000 in 2007;
    $698,500 in 2008; $1,037,000 in 2009; and $1,375,500 in 2010.

    Throw in the $1.079 million roster bonus and next year's $5.33 million option
    bonus, and that gets Hill to $10.155 million.

    But incentives and escalators can add nearly $2.5 million to that total:

    Hill gets a $945,000 one-time bonus if he participates in 35 percent of the
    Rams' defensive plays this season or 45 percent of those plays in any
    subsequent season. Unless Hill has a lot of injuries, or is a total bust, that
    incentive should be attained easily.

    Hill can earn up to $250,000 for making multiple Pro Bowls, $62,600 per Pro
    Bowl up to four Pro Bowl appearances.

    Hill's 2010 base salary will grow by $1.25 million if he participates in 80
    percent of the Rams' defensive plays in two of his first three NFL seasons.

    By the numbers: Rams 2006 draft class

    Round # Name # Pos. # School # Contract

    1st # Tye Hill # CB # Clemson # 5 years, $10.2 million-x

    2nd # Joe Klopfenstein # TE # Colorado # 4 years, $2.91 million, $1.3 million
    signing bonus

    3rd # Claude Wroten # DT # LSU # 4 years, $2.415 million, $805,000 signing bonus

    3rd # Jon Alston # LB # Stanford # 3 years, $1.63 million, $550,000 signing
    bonus

    3rd # Dominique Byrd # TE # USC # 3 years, $1.546 million, $466,000 signing
    bonus

    4th # Victor Adeyanju # DE # Indiana # 3 years, $1.406 million, $329,000
    signing bonus

    5th # Marques Hagans # WR # Virginia # 3 years, $1.218 million, $138,000
    signing bonus

    7th # Tim McGarigle # LB # Northwestern # 3 years, $1.121 million, $41,000
    signing bonus

    7th # Mark Setterstrom # G # Minnesota # 3 years, $1.109 million, $29,000
    signing bonus

    7th # Tony Palmer # G # Missouri # 3 years, $1.109 million, $28,900 signing
    bonus

    x-Incentives, escalators can raise overall value to $12.6 million.


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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    NFL rookies are underpaid in my opinion compared to MLB and NBA players. Other than the 1st round picks, that isn't that much money for the other guys considering how much training and work they put in vs. other athletes.

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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce=GOAT
    NFL rookies are underpaid in my opinion compared to MLB and NBA players. Other than the 1st round picks, that isn't that much money for the other guys considering how much training and work they put in vs. other athletes.
    What! Reggie Bush has 27mil IN THE BOOKS! And you say they are overpaid? Come on man, don't joke around like that.
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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce=GOAT
    NFL rookies are underpaid in my opinion compared to MLB and NBA players. Other than the 1st round picks, that isn't that much money for the other guys considering how much training and work they put in vs. other athletes.
    ALL players in the NFL are underpaid in comparison to MLB and NBA players. Especially considering the guaranteed contracts those other athletes get paid whether they are playing or not. However, I think you agree that we wouldn't want the NFL to be run like the MLB or NBA, don't ya?
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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    What! Reggie Bush has 27mil IN THE BOOKS! And you say they are overpaid? Come on man, don't joke around like that.
    If you're going to quote a post...at least read it. The point was, that NFL rookies, EXCEPTING 1st round picks, are underpaid relative to the other major sports. You fire back with an example of the salary of one of the highest rated first round picks in this year's draft...very weak.:bored:
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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    The reason why they appear underpaid compared to atheletes in other sports is because there are a lot more of them (football players) sharing the pie versus other sports.

    Only 15 per team in Basketball, although not every player has a guaranteed contract, and 25 per team in baseball.

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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    but on espn they said he signed a 4-year deal

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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce=GOAT
    NFL rookies are underpaid in my opinion compared to MLB and NBA players. Other than the 1st round picks, that isn't that much money for the other guys considering how much training and work they put in vs. other athletes.
    Yea, compared to those other sports, they would appear to be underpaid..........but I wouldn't turn down 7th round money to play a game for a living.
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    Re: Hill's deal as complex as most defenses

    Quote Originally Posted by realchamp11
    but on espn they said he signed a 4-year deal
    let this be a lesson... dont believe everything you hear from ESPN.

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