With the backdrop of the 2015 rookie salaries, Kevin King’s numbers appear about right (it’s 2017 after all). Those numbers are roughed in with the red lines (S.B.= signing bonus, G=guaranteed). But take a look at where the numbers are between King (pick one of round two) and Jones at the end of round two…pretty striking, right?
Not only is there a big difference in the overall numbers, there is a huge dropoff in the amount of signing bonus and guaranteed money. This is the heart of the matter and the reason that Josh Jones decided to bring Drew Rosenhaus on board. While the totals are not fluid, that red and blue bar can be moved around and that makes getting the toughest negotiator on your side right out of the gate is good policy. Of course, the big deal for Jones will be down the road and if Jones performs he will make his real money there. But there is no guarantee that Jones even makes it that far. So Jones has done the smart thing. He wants to trade out some of that green, “non-guaranteed” money for a little more of the red and blue, and those are two good reasons for the move he made.
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