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Penn State NFL Draftees Sign Rookie Contracts

The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone, making the dreams and aspirations of 256 draft hopefuls come true. Some players saw their stock rise astronomically, while others endured grueling freefalls out of the first round — in certain cases, out of the NFL Draft entirely. Once the formalities concluded, it was time to get down to business. While some players remain unsigned, the bulk of the 2015 class put pen to paper and locked in their respective rookie deals. Among the list of signed players includes Penn State’s three 2015 NFL draftees: Donovan Smith, Jesse James, and Adrian Amos. Let’s take a look at each player’s respective deal.

*Note: Due to the NFL rookie wage scale, each player’s rookie salary is slotted based on the contract received by the previous year’s selection.

Donovan Smith goes through drills at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp. (TBO.com)
Donovan Smith goes through drills at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp. (TBO.com)

OT Donovan Smith: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 34 overall pick) 

Contract total: $6.068 million
Guaranteed money: $4.373 million
Signing bonus: $2.673 million

Adrian Amos gets some reps in during defensive back drills at Chicago Bears rookie mini-camp. (Chicagobears.com)
Adrian Amos gets some reps in during defensive back drills at Chicago Bears rookie mini-camp. (Chicagobears.com)

S Adrian Amos: Chicago Bears (No. 142 overall pick)

Contract total: $2.512 million
Guaranteed money: $232,268
Signing bonus: $232,268

Jesse James catches a pass during Pittsburgh Steelers rookie mini-camp. (Associated Press)
Jesse James catches a pass during Pittsburgh Steelers rookie mini-camp. (Associated Press)

TE Jesse James: Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 160 overall pick)

Contract total: $2.488 million
Guaranteed money: $208,912
Signing bonus: $208,912


Now that all three players have their respective contracts set in ink, they can shift all of their focus to the football field as they prepare for training camp later this summer.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

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