Former Minnesota star Rashod Bateman sets NFL record with rookie contract
Rashod Bateman just broke his first NFL record.
Bateman signed a fully-guaranteed rookie contract this week, which is a relatively rare feat for a late first round pick. The Baltimore Ravens picked him No. 27 overall back in late April.
This news is according to Bateman’s IFA agency.
The previous record-setter for having a fully guaranteed rookie deal was quarterback Jordan Love, who was selected No. 26 overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2020.
According to Spotrac.com, Bateman’s signing bonus is projected to be north of $6.5 million. The total value of his rookie contract over four seasons is approximately $12.6 million.
Bateman was outstanding during his three seasons at Minnesota. For his career, he caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns. Those numbers would have been much better if not for an injury that significantly limited his availability in 2020.
His 2019 season was the best with the Golden Gophers. As a sophomore, he caught 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Bateman will now try to make an impact on Baltimore’s loaded offense. The Ravens also feature pass catchers like Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews and Sammy Watkins, with JK Dobbins out of the back field.