Earlier than at the moment, all however one of many 259 gamers drafted in 2023 had been signed to their respective groups. The one outlier was CB Devon Witherspoon from the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted fifth general by Seattle however had initially missed the beginning of coaching camp as a result of truth he hadn’t been signed but.
NFL insiders Jordan Schultz reported that the rookie CB signed a four-year, $31.9 million deal. All that cash is totally assured to Witherspoon. The holdup was a $20.2 million signing bonus, however the closing hurdle was cleared and so they reached an settlement. At Illinois final season, Witherspoon was a consensus All-American.
Devon Witherspoon has lastly signed his rookie cope with the Seattle Seahawks
No. 5 general decide Devon Witherspoon and Seahawks have agreed to a 4-year, $31.86M fully-guaranteed deal, per @Schultz_Report
All rookies from the NFL Draft have been signed 🖊️ pic.twitter.com/vZqcQYc7Bq
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 28, 2023
ESPN’s Brady Henderson famous that Devon Witherspoon needed extra of the bonus cash up-front than what the Seahawks initially provided. Three of the 4 gamers drafted forward of him acquired one hundred pc of their signing bonuses and Witherspoon needed the identical, if not one thing extraordinarily near that. His deal additionally features a fifth-year possibility.
With Pete Carroll as head coach and John Schneider as normal supervisor, the Seahawks had beforehand not taken a CB with a primary or second-round decide. That modified this season when the Seahawks used their fifth general decide to pick Devon Witherspoon. In 12 video games with Illinois final season, Witherspoon had 14 cross breakups, 41 tackles, and three interceptions.
Holdout is over: The #Seahawks and first-round CB Devon Witherspoon have agreed to phrases on his 4 12 months, $31.86M totally assured deal that features a $20.2M signing bonus, supply stated. The No. 5 decide is the final first-rounder to get accomplished.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2023
Together with Witherspoon, the Seahawks took Ohio State WR Jaxson Smith-Njigba with the twentieth general decide. That was Seattle’s personal decide within the 2023 Draft. They had been capable of choose Witherspoon’s High 5 as a result of that they had the Denver Bronco’s 2023 first-round decide. A part of the bundle deal they received once they traded QB Russell Wilson. Now that Witherspoon is signed, he joins an already proficient Seahawks secondary at coaching camp.