The San Francisco 49ers signed their top draft pick, S Eric Reid of LSU, to a four-year deal yesterday. From Rotoworld:
Niners GM Trent Baalke traded up to land coveted LSU alum Reid, sending Dallas the Nos. 31 and 74 picks. Although Reid lacks ideal hip fluidity and change of direction, the 49ers won’t ask him to cover receivers one on one. He’s a rocked-up, straight-line speedster who’ll play in single-high and two-deep safety looks while Donte Whitner focuses on plugging the run in the box. Reid will replace Dashon Goldson, who recorded 69 tackles and three picks in 2012. The deal is a four-year, $8.398 million contract that includes a $4.547 million signing bonus.
Why is this significant? Because Reid was selected directly ahead of the Giants’ Justin Pugh in April’s draft. Pugh is currently unsigned. That should change soon.
After the draft, NFP’s Joel Corry predicted Pugh would receive a four-year, $8,345,898 deal ($4,449,744 coming in a signing bonus), which would equate to a $1,517,436 cap hit in 2013.
That is basically what Pugh is looking at. The Bears’ Kyle Long, the 20th selection, received slightly less: four-years at $8,300,952 with a $4,417,056 signing bonus.
So, the parameters have been set for Pugh, who is expected to sign before camp begins in three weeks. What’s holding up fourth round pick Ryan Nassib from signing is still unknown.