The San Francisco 49ers got a little bit closer to getting their 2014 NFL Draft class fully signed. The team announced that they have signed third round pick Brandon Thomas to a 4-year contract. The 49ers have signed all but third round pick Marcus Martin and fourth round pick Bruce Ellington. With the rookie minicamp under way, look for those two to get signed soon.
Here is the contract estimate, 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: $506,016
2014 Base: $420,000
2015 Base: $510,000
2016 Base: $600,000
2017 Base: $690,000
Thomas will likely spend this season on the Non-Football Injury list. Technically, the 49ers do not have to pay someone on the NFI. The idea being that a player who was injured away from the 49ers technically counts as a "non-football injury" so why should the team who has the player's rights have to pay him. In reality, teams will work out deals with most NFI players to pay them some portion of their salary. For example, last season the 49ers paid Luke Marquardt $102,000 of his league-mandated $405,000 rookie salary. When Aldon Smith went on the NFI list during his rehab stint, reports at the time indicated he was paid his full salary for that period.
Although Thomas likely will not play this season, his contract will NOT toll. Tolling would mean the team basically would move his contract forward a year. This only applies in situations where it is the final season of a player's contract, or he is facing a season-long suspension. In this case, if Thomas misses this season, he will not accrue a season toward free agency. If Thomas comes back healthy next year and plays out 2015-2017 on his contract, he will then be a restricted free agent after the 2017 season.
As we should know by now, there is no fifth year option for non-first round picks. However, picks in rounds three through seven can earn the proven performance escalator. Bruce Miller and Chris Culliver both qualified for the PPE, which resulted in a bump in their respective 2014 salaries.
Thomas is the tenth draft pick to put pen to paper with the 49ers. Below, we've got the 2014 draft class and their signing statuses:
49ers 2014 draft class
1 (30). Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois - SIGNED
2 (57). Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State - SIGNED
3 (70). Marcus Martin, C, USC
3 (77). Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin - SIGNED
3 (100). Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson - SIGNED
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 - SIGNED