As expected, the Rams have signed their entire 2015 draft class in one fell swoop, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who tweets that first-round running back Todd Gurley and seven other draftees have inked their rookie contracts with the club.
The only Rams draft pick who had previously signed his deal was sixth-round wideout Bud Sasser, who wasn’t physically cleared to play for the team due to a heart condition. St. Louis signed him to his rookie contract, ensuring he’d get his signing bonus, then waived him. Here’s the full list of the remaining Rams draftees who are now under contract with the club:
- 1-10: Todd Gurley, RB (Georgia)
- 2-57: Rob Havenstein, T (Wisconsin)
- 3-72: Jamon Brown, T (Louisville)
- 3-89: Sean Mannion, QB (Oregon State)
- 4-119: Andrew Donnal, T (Iowa)
- 6-215: Cody Wichmann, G (Fresno State)
- 7-224: Bryce Hager, LB (Baylor)
- 7-227: Martin Ifedi, DE (Memphis)
Gurley’s four-year deal will, of course, be the most lucrative of the bunch, with a signing bonus worth about $8.313MM and an overall value of $13.823MM, per Over The Cap. The contract for the 10th overall pick will also be the only one that features a fifth-year option, allowing the Rams to lock up the running back for the 2019 season.
While most teams announce their signings in bunches in the weeks following the draft, the Rams make a habit of waiting until mid-June to confirm their rookie deals. Head coach Jeff Fisher has said in previous years that he likes to make sure his newcomers are educated on financial planning before they sign their first NFL contracts.