Liuget-Chargers use the "Cleveland structure"
The final deals in the first round appear to be compromising on the all important issue of the fourth-year guarantee, discussed here in detail.
Although the 20th pick -- Adrian Clayborn of the Buccaneers -- received a fully guaranteed four-year deal, there has been a stare down between picks around Clayborn and their teams over the fourth-year guarantee, with agents wanting the full guarantee and teams only wanting to guarantee three of the four years.
A compromise was reached with the 21st pick -- Phil Taylor of the Browns -- where the four years are guaranteed but roughly half the amount for the fourth year -- $728,630 for Taylor -- was broken out and put into a nonguaranteed roster bonus to be exercised at the beginning of the 2014 League Year. It is a way that the team can avoid paying the full fourth year amount yet have to make a decision on the player early.
Now San Diego has reached agreement with its top pick, Cory Liuget, using the "Cleveland structure". I would expect the two remaining picks -- Nate Solder with the Patriots and Prince Amukamara with the Giants -- to do the same.
And then we will have a completed first round of signings. That was quick, just like the NFL wanted it.<p> Follow me on Twitter at adbrandt.