Confirmed: Seahawks sign 1st-round pick Irvin
Irvin is the first first-rounder to sign his contract, the news first reported by ProFootballTalk.com and subsequently confirmed.
Irvin was chosen by Seattle with the 15th pick of the draft as the Seahawks had evaluated the 24-year-old defensive end from West Virginia as the top pass rusher available in this draft. Irvin will be at the Seahawks' facility on Friday to begin a three-day minicamp along with the team's veterans and other rookies.
Irvin's early signing underscores a new reality for NFL rookie contracts: They're going to get done sooner as opposed to later.
While holdouts for draft picks were common in the NFL over the past decade, contract agreements with rookies have become much more straightforward since the implementation of the new collective-bargaining agreement last year. A rookie wage scale was implemented, which makes the negotiation of those deals much more straightforward. Offensive lineman Mike Pouncey was the 15th pick of last year's draft, and he signed a four-year contract worth a total of $9.2 million with Miami, and because of the salary scale, that precedent provides a good measurement of the deal Irvin will receive from Seattle.
Messages for Irvin's agent were not immediately returned, and the Seahawks had not yet announced Irvin's signing.
Update, 12:18 p.m.: The deal totals $9.34 million, according to Andrew Brandt, who is a salary-cap analyst and former NFL executive.
First signing in 1st round of NFL Draft: 15th pick Bruce Irvin gets $9.34M fully guaranteed over 4 yrs, w/over $5M signing bonus.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 7, 2012