The Green Bay Packers drafted a total of 13 players during the 2023 NFL Draft. As these rookies are all showing up for rookie mini camp, the front office is trying to get them all signed to professional contracts. Yesterday, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that the team had signed two of their draft picks, quarterback Sean Clifford and wide receiver Grant DuBose.
The Packers have begun signing their draft picks: Fifth-round QB Sean Clifford and seventh-round WR Grant DuBose are under contract, a source said. Only 11 more picks to go.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 4, 2023
How Much Will the Green Bay Packers Pay Their Draft Picks?
While there have not been any contract details reported, spotrac.com does have projections for each player. Each player is projected to make $750,000, but their signing bonuses vary by where they were taken in the NFL Draft. Clifford is projected to have that $750,000 base salary with a $81,046 signing bonus. DuBose, a seventh round pick, is projected to make $750,000 with just a $19,444 signing bonus.
In total, the Packers are projected to pay their 13-man draft class a total of about $14.3 million. The problem is that they only have about $10.6 million in cap space. Of course, the Packers can get creative with these rookie deals and push some money into the future. However, if they are to sign a veteran to help them at a position like safety, they will need to do some more work with current player contracts.
Of these player contracts, the last one they can really do anything with is Rashan Gary who is playing on his fifth year option this year. Offering him an extension could free up some cap space now and ensure that he is in Green Bay for a long time.
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