Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix received a nearly identical rookie contract as the 21st overall pick in last yearís draft, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The complexity of rookie negotiations has been lessened in the wake of the rookie wage scale included in the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, but guaranteed money remains as one possible haggling point.
Unlike last year, when it took until July to get a deal done with 26th overall pick Datone Jones, the Packers agreed to a four-year deal with Clinton-Dix on Thursday worth $8.34 million with $7.56 million guaranteed and a $4.38 million signing bonus.
Itís the same signing bonus Eifert received last year from the Bengals and a slight bump up from Eifertís four-year deal worth $8.26 million with $7.49 million guaranteed, which reflects the gradual increase in annual base salary.
The Packers still have two unsigned rookies, second-round receiver Davante Adams and third-round tight end Richard Rodgers, both of whom are represented by Frank Bauer.