The San Francisco 49ers signed CFL offensive lineman Colin Kelly to a contract a few weeks back, and we have an interesting detail from the contract. Our man Jason Hurley is reporting the 49ers signed Kelly to a 2-year contract, and guaranteed $65,000 of his first year salary.
Trent Baalke confirmed the signing over the weekend, but the team has not formally emailed out the press release for the deal. Normally they wait until the contract has been fully processed to announce signings. And obviously they do not confirm dollar figures.
The $65,000 in guaranteed money is a sizable chunk. It's smaller than March and April free agent deals, but it is more than most undrafted free agent signings. It does not guarantee he makes the roster, but it certainly means the team thinks well of him.
Kelly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, but spent the 2013 season on injured reserve. He was released the following spring and ended up in the CFL. Given the one year he NFL season he has under his belt, if he makes the roster and lasts the two years of his contract, he would be a restricted free agent following the 2017 season.