Will Kansas City Chiefs sign Marcus Peters before rookie camp?


The Kansas City Chiefs went in a direction many were not expecting the 2015 NFL Draft, selecting cornerback Marcus Peters with the 18th-overall pick.

With the Chiefs rookie minicamp fast approaching, will Kansas City be able to lock up the boom-or-bust pick, or will negotiations continue deeper into the spring?

For the Chiefs, signing rookies to a contract is a priority. Having the players locked into their contracts give both the athlete and Kansas City peace of mind. For example, Dante Fowler Jr, who tore his ACL during his first practice, did not have his contract signed. This could have been disastrous for the rookie.

Knock on wood, the Chiefs can avoid a situation like this when they meet on Saturday, May 16-18 for rookie minicamp. But make no mistake, the injury bug is on the minds of all the players heading into camp this weekend. Hopefully the Chiefs, who dealt with a massive case of the injury bug Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season, will not have the same thing happen to start 2015.

Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

So, what will the contract for Peters and the Chiefs look like? Since I am not a cap genius, I rely on the good people at Overthecap.com, who put together a great list of the first-round picks and their projected contracts. They have Peters signing at just under $8.7 million, fully guaranteed, with a signing bonus of $4.6 million. The length for a first-round pick is always four years with a fifth-year option.

Will Kansas City get not only Peters, but Steven Nelson under contract? One would think that general manager John Dorsey and the agents are diligently working on the deals. Getting everyone under contract would be the best course of action, protecting both the Chiefs and the players. My bet is that Kansas City will have its picks taken care of by Saturday.

If Peters is not signed, there is nothing to get overly upset about. Peters will eventually sign a contract because these days, the rookie wage scale dictates what each rookie gets paid. In the years before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (Eric Berry’s class of 2010 was the last to be paid without a scale), we would see elongated holdouts with players looking for every cent. All that said, it would be nice to seal the deal with Peters before he hits the field with an arrowhead on his helmet.

This season begins at rookie minicamp. Yes, there have been workouts and a little practice, but with every new season it truly starts with the rookies and the undrafted. I am excited to see what our draft class looks like on the field and this weekend gives Chiefs fans the first look.

What say you, Addicts? Who are you looking forward to finally seeing on the field?

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Go Chiefs!