May 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel during photoshoot at the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Day Slide Costs Johnny Manziel Millions in 1st NFL Contract


What’s the difference between the third and 22nd pick in the NFL Draft? About $12 million.

That’s how much it cost Johnny Manziel in the pocket when he slipped from being a top five prospect to being picked at No. 22 by the Browns.

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles, the first quarterback taken in the draft,  signed a four-year, $20.65 million contract Wednesday, according to ESPN. The deal included a $13.34 million signing bonus.

Manziel agreed to terms on a four-year, $8.25 million deal, which is still enough money for him to have in hand so he can’t hear you.

Manziel will take home a $4.3 million signing bonus, according to Akron Beacon Journal reporter Nate Ulrich. The contract guarantees Manziel $6.7 million, which averages out to $2,061,813 annually. The Browns hold an option for a fifth-year.

With the league’s current collective bargaining agreement in place, contract disputes are a thing a of the past. Teams and agents are left to bicker over years and offset language.

For all that’s been written and said about Manziel, the Browns  lucked out by taking him at No. 22. Not only do they have to pay him less, but there’s not as much pressure to put the rookie in a starter’s role he might not be ready for.

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  • freeme10

    Poor guy. I bet he made more in college.