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Murray’s contract, as reported by Schefter, is the typical four-year rookie deal with a fifth-year option. Prior to the draft, Spotrac estimated the top overall selection would net a four-year deal worth approximately $34.9 million, with a signing bonus of $23.4 million. The Cardinals have reportedly agreed to a contract worth $35.1 million with a $23.5 million signing bonus. Not bad for having never played a down of football in the NFL.
Since the 2011 CBA agreement, rookie contracts have been less than suspenseful, since contracts follow a draft slot scale. Most first round selection receive a fully guaranteed contract, with the team option of a fifth season.