Well, we now have all 9 of our rookies signed. Since two rookies have picks on either side of them signed, and the terms released (The closest rookie after CP is Matt Elam), it should be pretty easy to predict what our three guys will be paid.
I'll start with Sharrif Floyd. The two rookies flanking him are Desmond Trufant who was paid 8.16 million and Bjorn Werner, who will be making 7.9 million. Normally I would inch his figures closer to Bjorn, considering they're both defensive linemen, however, my guess is that since he is such a great talent, and was projected to go so high in the draft, the vikings will throw him a bone and give him closer to 8.1 million. This tactic might discourage the possiblilty of a holdout (although I doubt Sharrif's the guy to do that), and generally convey generosity on the part of the vikings, which may help come time to resign Floyd.
Second is our new corner, Xavier Rhodes. He is preceded by Bjorn, who, again will be making 7.9 million, and on the other side is his new rival, Datone Jones, who signed for 7.71 million. It's hard to see how CBs are being valued considering that at this point, only one corner's terms have been released (Desmond Trufant, who the Falcons chose over our precious Xavier). I think It's fair to say that the vikings have probably split the difference between the two rookies on either side, paying Rhodes something close to 7.8 million.
That leaves the explosive Cordarrelle Patterson. Immediately ahead of him, the Broncos are shelling out 7.6 million to Sly Williams. However, 3 Picks after CP is Matt Elam, being paid 6.77 million. That's quite a gap. Last year's 29th pick, Harrison Smith, has a contract worth 7.14 million, however, considering the bigger money sitting in front of Cordarrelle, I'd say our "flashy" friend is probably making close to 7.4 million. The vikings are going to want to save money somewhere, and considering Cordarrelle's supposed bust potential, it's in their best interest to pay him less now to limit losses should he flame out.
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