Carolina Panthers sign first-rounder Kelvin Benjamin - NFL.com
The 6-foot-5 Benjamin fills a gaping hole in the Panthers' receiving corps after the organization watched 2013 pass-catchers Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr. exit. General manager Dave Gettleman has compared Benjamin to former Steelers and Giants receiver Plaxico Burress. The rookie's catching radius should be a boon to the Panthers' red zone offense and aid quarterback Cam Newton, who isn't the most accurate passer. The Panthers also announced the signing of third-round pick, guard Trai Turner, on Wednesday.
I'm glad this is done because now it's time to get to work!
Details of Benjamin's deal have not been released. Here's the contracts of the players signed on either side of his draft position:
#25 CB Verrett: 4 years, $7.88M, $6.39M guaranteed; $4.05M signing bonus
#30: S Jimmy Ward: 4 years, $7.11M, $5.72M guaranteed; $3.49M signing bonus
So I'm estimating he got 4 years, $6M guaranteed with a $4M signing bonus.