The San Francisco 49ers got their sixth draft pick signed Friday afternoon. The 49ers drafted Southern Methodist cornerback Kenneth Acker in the sixth round, and he is now locked up for the next four years. The team tweeted out a picture of Acker signing with the increasingly famous quill pen.
Acker will compete with the now sizable contingent of cornerbacks. Given the depth at cornerback, Acker is likely looking like a practice squad candidate for now. Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver are likely your starters. Jimmie Ward, Eric Wright and Perrish Cox will be the primary competitors for nickel work. Chris Cook, Darryl Morris and Dontae Johnson will be competing for additional work in there as well. Acker would appear to mix in with that group for now.
Here is an estimate of his rookie contract, courtesy of Over The Cap. They’ve been pretty spot on with the rookie pool estimates, but if there are any differences when others leak out the numbers, we'll update accordingly.
Signing Bonus: $120,600
2014 Base: $420,000
2015 Base: $510,000
2016 Base: $600,000
2017 Base: $690,000
The base salaries are based on the minimum for each year, which is found in Article 26, Section 1 of the CBA. The contracts are generally not guaranteed aside from the signing bonus. There is no fifth year option for non-first round picks, but for picks in rounds three through seven, there is the proven performance escalator. Bruce Miller and Chris Culliver both qualified for the PPE, which resulted in a bump in their respective 2014 salaries.
49ers 2014 draft class
1 (30). Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois
2 (57). Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State - SIGNED
3 (70). Marcus Martin, C, USC
3 (77). Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
3 (100). Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
4 (106). Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
4 (129). Dontae Johnson, CB, NC State - SIGNED
5 (150). Aaron Lynch, DE/OLB, South Florida - SIGNED
5 (170). Keith Reaser, CB, Florida Atlantic - SIGNED
6 (180). Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU - SIGNED
7 (243). Kaleb Ramsey, DE, Boston College - SIGNED
7 (245). Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma