Miami signed TE John Nalbone, a fifth-round pick this year, to a four-year deal with a $173,000 signing bonus. His contract also includes an escalator clause in 2012 for the low restricted agent tender if he reaches 35 percent playing time in any of the next four seasons.
Nalbone is the first of Miami's nine draft picks to sign this year, and his signing signals Miami's commitment to getting a good deal of its rookies signed very early in the offseason, much like they did last year.
Here are how his yearly salaries break down:
2009 - $310,000
2010 - $395,000
2011 - $480,000
2012 - $565,000
In my opinion, Nalbone is pretty much assured of a spot on the roster given that it'd be very unlikely for him to pass through waivers and be available for the practice squad. He's a promising young player and Joey Haynos is going to have quite the challenge making this roster - unless David Martin's reported offseason sports hernia surgery turns out badly.