Seattle Seahawks Will Guarantee About $50 Million to First-Round Picks

May 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Now that the Seahawks have gotten a first look at their two first-round picks, and with training camp only two months away, it’s time to get to work trying to sign them.
If the Seahawks thought guaranteeing $49 million to All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson in 2006 was a crazy idea, they have learned over the past two years what a wise move that would have been in light of the crazy money they have had to pay high first-round draft picks.
After giving No. 4 overall pick Aaron Curry a non-quarterback record $34 million guaranteed last year, the Seahawks figure to pay upwards of $50 million to No. 6 selection Russell Okung and No. 14 pick Earl Thomas this year.
Signing Thomas shouldn’t be much of a problem. Beyond the top 10, the guaranteed money becomes a lot more manageable and easier to predict based on annual increase and contract slotting.
The tougher negotiation figures to be Okung, who could command nearly $40 million guaranteed as the NFL continues to o...

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