Bleacherreport.com The first player to sign a five-year, $4 million signing-bonus is the newest member of the New York Jets’ roster.
The team officially announced Wednesday that safety Calvin Pryor will receive his new $4,500,000 signing bonus and become the first player drafted by the Jets since 2001.
The contract is the largest signing bonus in NFL history, surpassing $4M received by defensive end David Irving, who signed a five year, $5.1 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.
Irving’s deal was the largest in NFL annals, and he is the only player to receive a signing bonus exceeding $4MM.
Pryor is currently the highest-paid player in the NFL, with an annual salary of $18.5MM, according to Spotrac.
He is one of only two safeties to have more than $3MM in total compensation.
Prayer also has the highest base salary in the league at $2.4 million, per Spotrac, which ranks as the seventh highest total among safeties in the modern era.
He is the fourth player to be drafted by New York this year.
Quarterback Geno Smith has received his first five-years, $6.8 million, signing bonus, which will make him the fourth quarterback to receive that contract.
The Jets also signed wide receiver Michael Floyd to a five years, $7.5M deal on Thursday.
The final four players to be signed this year are wide receiver Sammy Watkins, defensive end Olivier Vernon, cornerback Jelani Jenkins and running back Bryce Brown.
Watkins and Vernon are both on rookie deals.
Watkins is on the franchise tag, and Vernon is a restricted free agent.
Wentz has a cap number of $14.9M, which makes him the fifth highest paid player in football behind Smith ($15.1M), Wilson ($16.1m), Peyton Manning ($16M) and J.J. Watt ($18.4M).
Vernon, who has started nine games for the Raiders, will earn $2M in base salary and $500,00 in incentives.
Jenkins will earn a $750,00 signing bonus.
Brown is set to earn $900,00, $1.75M in incentives, and is also on the team’s rookie tag.
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