The San Francisco 49ers signed nine undrafted free agents this week, and more contract information is leaking out. On Monday, we found out that quarterback Dylan Thompson is reportedly receiving a $5,000 signing bonus and $15,000 in guaranteed money from his first year salary. Today, NFL contract guy tweeted out some details about the wide receivers:
49ers UDFAs have received $160k in guaranteed money. $105k to WOs, including $50k to Dres Anderson, $32k to DeAndrew White— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) May 7, 2015
Each team is allotted $86,957 in signing bonus money for their undrafted free agents. The competition for some of the priority free agents can be fierce, and teams have figured out ways around the pool maximum. As we saw with the Thompson contract, the 49ers will guarantee some percentage of a player's first year salary. It is not a signing bonus, but it all but guarantees the money even if the player is released.
We will find out more details in the coming weeks and months, but for now, it is interesting to compare the differences in guarantees. The team clearly thinks Dres Anderson brings something significant to the table. The 49ers signed five UDFA wide receivers, and almost half the guaranteed money they spent on them went to Dres Anderson. It seems he is viewed by many as one of the better UDFAs out there, and the money indicates the 49ers agree to some extent.
The son of former Rams wide receiver Flipper Anderson is coming off an October knee injury that cost him the second half of the season. There is no word on what the knee injury entailed, but he did participate in a Pro Day on March 26, so who knows what it is exactly. I googled and found nothing specific.
Here are a few scouting reports on Anderson: