Alabama Roots: NFL Draft picks sign for $148 million

The Tennessee Titans announced on Friday the signing of Roger McCreary and on Saturday the signing of Malik Willis.

The signings allowed the rookies to report to training camp on time and meant the 21 2022 NFL Draft picks who played at Alabama high schools and colleges are under contract. McCreary was a prep star at Williamson High School in Mobile before becoming an All-American cornerback at Auburn, and Willis played his first two college seasons at Auburn before transferring to Liberty.

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Each player picked in the NFL Draft receives a four-year contract, and the range in the total value of those deals for the state’s players in the 2022 draft stretches from around $24.55 million to about $3.74 million. The approximate value of the 21 contracts is $147.99 million.

The values ​​of the contracts are based on the NFL’s salary cap of $208.2 million for the 2022 season and this year’s rookie compensation pool in a formula spelled out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players association. While the values ​​of rookie contracts aren’t negotiable, other factors are, including the amount of guaranteed money.

The draft picks from Alabama high schools and colleges started signing on May 12, and all were under contract by the end of June except for McCreary, Willis and Jalyn Armour-Davis, whose rookie deal was announced as signed by the Baltimore Ravens on July 16 .

A rundown on what the drafted players with Alabama roots signed for this year, with values ​​from the sports financial web site spotrac.com:

Evan Neal, offensive tackle, Alabama

First round, New York Giants: Four years for $24,551,258, including a $15,035,460 signing bonus. The contract is fully guaranteed and carries a team option for a fifth season.

Jameson Williams, wide receiver, Alabama

First round, Detroit Lions: Four years for $17,461,790, including a $9,879,484 signing bonus. The contract is fully guaranteed and carries a team option for a fifth season.

Roger McCreary, cornerback, Williamson High School, Auburn

Second round, Tennessee Titans: Four years for $9,165,609, including a $3,845,896 signing bonus and $6,505,752 in guaranteed money.

John Metchie III, wide receiver, Alabama

Second round, Houston Texans: Four years for $8,070,172, including a $3,049,216 signing bonus and $4,921,042 in guaranteed money.

Phidarian Mathis, defensive tackle, Alabama

Second round, Washington Commanders: Four years for $7,506,373, including a $2,639,180 signing bonus and $3,796,370 in guaranteed money.

George Pickens, wide receiver, Hoover High School

Second round, Pittsburgh Steelers: Four years for $6,752,179, including a $2,090,676 signing bonus and $3,102,593 in guaranteed money.

Sam Williams, defensive end, Lee High School in Montgomery

Second round, Dallas Cowboys: Four years for $6,224,251, including a $1,706,728 signing bonus and $2,694,649 guaranteed.

Cam Taylor-Britt, cornerback, Park Crossing High School in Montgomery

Second round, Cincinnati Bengals: Four years for $5,952,727, including a $1,509,256 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Velus Jones Jr., wide receiver, Saraland High School

Third round, Chicago Bears: Four years for $5,405,928, including a $1,111,584 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Christian Harris, linebacker, Alabama

Third round, Houston Texans: Four years for $5,348,249, including a $1,069,636 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Alex Wright, outside linebacker, Elba High School, UAB

Third round, Cleveland Browns: Four years for $5,293,574, including a $1,029,872 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Cordale Flott, cornerback, Saraland High School

Third round, New York Giants: Four years for $5,241,841, including a $992,248 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Marcus Jones, cornerback, Enterprise High School, troy

Third round, New England Patriots: Four years for $5,176,952, including a $945,056 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Malik Willis, quarterback, Auburn

Third round, Tennessee Titans: Four years for $5,160,100, including a $932,800 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Jalen Tolbert, wide receiver, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, South Alabama

Third round, Dallas Cowboys: Four years for $5,135,719, including a $915,068 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Brian Robinson Jr., running back, Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Third round, Washington Commanders: Four years for $5,044,908, including a $849,024 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Jalyn Armour-Davis, cornerback, St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama

Fourth-round, Baltimore Ravens: Four years for $4,420,328, including a $760,328 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Neil Farrell Jr., defensive tackle, Murphy High School in Mobile

Fourth round, Las Vegas Raiders: Four years for $4,380,304, including a $720,304 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Jerome Ford, running back, Alabama

Fifth-round, Cleveland Browns: Four years for $3,982,148, including a $322,148 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Montrell Washington, wide receiver, Samford

Fifth round, Denver Broncos: Four years for $3,974,184, including a $314,184 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

Christian Matthew, cornerback, Samford

Seventh round, Arizona Cardinals: Four years for $3,744,484, including a $84,484 signing bonus. The signing bonus is the guaranteed portion of the contract.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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