Matt Ryan signed a record deal for a number 3 overall pick when he signed a whopping 72 million dollar contract only two weeks ago. Now, the problem is that the team holding the number 2 overall pick, the St. Louis Rams, have a problem on their hands. Getting Chris Long under contract closer to Miami Dolphin rookie Jake Long rather than Matt.
The dilemma rises from the fact that Miami managed to get their number 1 overall pick signed for 57.75 mill, traditionally, salaries tend to lower with each subsequent pick. In the case of top 5 QB that is not always the case, but the Ryan deal blows that all out of the water. Now it’s being reported that in some circles, Chris Long could possibly hold out in the hopes of having the Rams give a deal closer to that of Ryan’s.
According to the latest rumored information, Chris Long will also be paid more than Jake Long and 4th overall pick Darren McFadden could also drive up the bounty for early picks as well. In fact, Chris Long may not ink a deal until McFadden is under contract. When all 1st round selections finally are under contract, Jake Long could be the lowest paid pick in the top 4, and maybe top 5 with Kansas City holding the cards for Glenn Dorsey.
Traditionally, offensive lineman do not receive the kind of money that other positions often do, but Jake Long is a LT and in this league LT’s are the highest paid offensive lineman. The fact that 4 guys taken after the number 1 overall pick could be making more money could have an impact on rookies signing before the draft.