The Seattle Seahawks added eleven young players to the roster in the 2019 NFL Draft, including potential replacements for multiple veteran players who had recently departed, or were soon to be on their way out.
Those include the team looking for a Doug Baldwin replacement by drafting not just one, but three - DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings and John Ursua - wide receivers. The team used a second round draft pick on safety Marquise Blair, hopefully to help the secondary recover from the loss of Earl Thomas, first to injury during the 2018 season and then to the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. In addition, the Seahawks selected L.J. Collier with the first selection they made on draft night, looking to partially fill the role left vacant when Frank Clark was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the major holes the team faces following the draft filled through the free agent signings of Al Woods and Ziggy Ansah, focus now turns to signing the team’s remaining draft picks. So, to that end, on Tuesday the Seahawks took care of the player they selected in the first round of the draft.
Seahawks sign first-round pick L.J. Collier to $10.836 million contract that includes $5.9 million signing bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 21, 2019
That is right in line with what OverTheCap.com had projected based on the rookie wage scale, and the amount of guarantees fall right in line with where they should be as well.
Seahawks rookie pass rusher L.J. Collier's signed $10.836 million contract includes $9.849 million guaranteed, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 21, 2019
Once the specifics of the contract are released, including the cap hits by season, I’ll take a look at it in greater detail. For now, it’s enough to know that the team’s first round pick is under contract.