The NFL Draft has come and gone, rookies have attended their first minicamp, and now they are in the midst of getting their first deals at the next level.
Most receiving multi-year, multi-million contracts that include quite a nice signing bonus, these athletes are ready to make an impact.
This year we saw quite a few standouts from all four Northwest teams (Oregon, Washington, Oregon State, Washington State) get drafted. Jordan Poyer (OSU), Markus Wheaton (OSU), Dion Jordan (UO), Kiko Alonso (UO), Kyle Long (UO), Kenjon Barner (UO), Desmond Trufant (UW), and Marquess Wilson (WSU) went in the draft, with numerous other players from Northwest teams being signed as UDFAs.
But while we do know that a lot of these players have signed contracts with their new teams, some of the more notable names we will have to wait on. Expect Jordan, Trufant, and Long to have to wait quite some time before ironing out deals with their new teams.
To help you keep track of how well situated your favorite Northwest players will be in the coming years, here’s an update on 5 Northwest players who have reached a deal with an NFL team.
Marquess Wilson (WSU) – Chicago Bears
Wilson was the lone Cougar to go in the NFL Draft but he will hopefully turn his attitude around and really excel at the next level. A seventh-round pick (236th overall), Wilson won’t make as much as his fellow rookies but will still make a pretty decent salary.
He signed a contract reportedly worth $2,207,592 over the next four years with a $47,592 signing bonus.
A potential steal in the draft for Chicago if they can get him on the right track, Wilson is one of those guys who will either flame out really fast or burst onto the scene.
Jordan Poyer (OSU) – Philadelphia Eagles
Poyer was one of the best cornerbacks in the nation last year. A dynamic player who made an impact in just about every game he played, he was drafted by the Eagles and former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in the seventh round (218th overall).
He has signed a four-year contract with Philadelphia that is reportedly worth $2,221,000. His signing bonus was reported at $61,000 and he will be a valuable asset and potential big steal for the Eagles.
Desmond Trufant (UW) – Atlanta Falcons
Trufant was the lone Husky to be drafted this year and has not received a deal from the Atlanta Falcons yet. He’s on this list because he is set to receive quite the lofty sum, as he was drafted by the Falcons with the 22nd pick in the draft.
Aside from this versatile cornerback who will excel in Atlanta’s defense, the Huskies have seen Justin Glenn and Jonathan Amosa sign with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers, respectively. They have not yet been signed to official contracts.
John Boyett (UO) – Indianapolis Colts
Boyett suffered through surgery in his final season at Oregon (allowing him to play in just one game with the Ducks in 2012), but his potential is still very high. He was one of the top safeties in the Pac-12 and college football when he played, and offered the Colts a great selection in the sixth round (192nd overall).
His previous efforts in college football and big potential has earned him a four-year contract that is reportedly worth $2,261,672. His signing bonus was valued at $101,672.
Kiko Alonso (UO) – Buffalo Bills
Alonso was a great selection for the Bills, who will undoubtedly use him as an inside linebacker at the next level.
Boasting above-average physicality and speed for a player at his spot, look for Alonso to get a lot of time with the starters next year.
Picked in the second round (46th overall), he has reportedly reached a four-year deal worth $4,300,401 with a $1,507,564 signing bonus. Look for him to make an immediate impact with the Bills and really excel at the next level.