The 2020 NFL Draft, which started Thursday, April 23, and ended Saturday, April 25, proved that even though everyone is at home, they could still score record ratings. Of course, with no other live professional sports taking place during the pandemic, it was something that gave fans a glimmer of hope that the upcoming NFL season is not lost. From No. 1 pick Joe Burrow to this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant,” Georgia linebacker Tae Crowder who was the final pick, 255 players saw their NFL dreams come true. For those that did not, though, the dream of making it in the NFL is not yet over.
As is the case every year, the draft is followed by a flood of undrafted free agent signings. This year no area football players were taken in the draft, but so far, three former local high school standouts have signed as undrafted rookie free agents, after the fact. Heritage High School alumni Aleva Hifo of Brigham Young University signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, Vista Murrieta High School graduate Javelin Guidry of University of Utah signed with the New York Jets, and Kyle Williams, who also went to Vista Murrieta before playing at Arizona State University, signed with the Tennessee Titans.
As mandated by the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, the players will sign a three-year contract with the right to renegotiate following their second regular season. During preseason training camp, rookies and veterans are compensated with similar wages per week regardless of individual contracts.
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