NFL teams and draft picks have less to negotiate under the 2011 collective bargaining agreement than in decades past, which leads to quick agreements on contracts. That trend continues this year, with the Green Bay Packers signing first-round selection Jaire Alexander to a four-year, $12.1 million deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The agreement includes a $6.8 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option.
Alexander, the No. 18 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, averages just over $3 million a year during the first four years of the agreement. Should he develop into a quality starter in the secondary, that deal would represent a tremendous value to the Packers, who don’t have to worry about the corner’s cost ballooning until 2021 at the earliest (the year 2018 draft picks can first renegotiate contracts).


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