Anthony, two other Clemson rookies sign NFL contracts

CLEMSON – Three recent draft picks out of Clemson have signed contracts with their new NFL teams.

First-round selection Stephone Anthony, a linebacker selected 31st overall by the New Orleans Saints, agreed to terms Tuesday night on a 4-year, $7.7 million deal that guaranteed Anthony more than $6 million.

Rookie deals for drafted players are mandated to last four years, and Anthony’s first three years of the contract are guaranteed salary in addition to his $3.9 million signing bonus worth a grand total of $6.2 million guaranteed.

Based on rookie scale raises and the Saints’ cap situation, Anthony made out a little better than his draft predecessor. Bradley Roby, a Broncos cornerback taken 31 st overall in 2014, signed a $6.9 million contract with $5.6 million guaranteed.

Anthony will make $435,000 his rookie year as all first-year players do, but his salary rises to $786,442 in 2016 and $1.14 million in 2017. The fourth year is not guaranteed, but worth nearly $1.5 million if he’s still with the Saints.

Meanwhile, a couple of fifth-round selections are also under contract – for far less guaranteed money. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett signed for four years, $2.53 million with a signing bonus of $247,853, but he has to make the Falcons’ 53-man roster to begin earning salary. The same stipulation holds for 49ers punter Bradley Pinion, inked for four years, $2,47 million and the only guarantee a $194,200 signing bonus.

All figures have been reported by Spotrac.com, a web site tracking professional athletes’ contracts.

No. 8 overall pick Vic Beasley has yet to sign with the Falcons. Sixth-rounder Tony Steward has not had contract terms disclosed.

Undrafted products like Colts cornerback Robert Smith, Chargers quarterback Cole Stoudt and Redskins defensive end Corey Crawford are signed on 3-year deals, but cannot begin earning their rookie salary of $435,000 unless they make the Week 1 active roster.