A Note on the Bears Rookie Signings

Chicago Bears Senior Director of Football Administration Cliff Stein has been a busy man this week, inking three of the team's five picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. Stein is annually of the more proactive executives, and he's doing it this year with a rookie of pool of $2.003 million dollars, the lowest in the league.

Thus far, it's been reported that seventh-round offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb received a $60,600 signing bonus, while fifth-round cornerback Joshua Moore signed for $198,000. Fourth-round defensive end Corey Wootton, however, reportedly received $507,000 in guarantees, which is a noteworthy distinction.

If Wootten received a $507,000 signing bonus, the Bears would have less than $850,000 remaining on their allotted rookie pool to squeeze third-round safety Major Wright and sixth-round quarterback Dan LeFevour under. What the Bears have likely done with Wootton, and will do with Wright--and this is just an educated guess--is supplement a smaller signing bonus with an easily achievable incentive that is backed up by future base salary. Doing this minimizes the first-year "salary numbers" for each player, and allows the Bears to sign all their draft choices, and undrafted free agents, and still remain within the rookie pool.

0 points

Log in to comment and more!

Not a member yet? Join free.

If you have already commented on Cheesehead TV in the past, we've created an account for you. Just verify your email, set a password and you're golden.