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 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.