Atlanta Falcons

Falcons sign first-rounder Takkarist McKinley, remaining 3 draft picks

(Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed first-rounder Takkarist McKinley and three more draft picks — linebacker Duke Riley, running back Brian Hill and tight end Eric Saubert.

The Falcons have signed all six draft picks before Friday’s start of their rookie minicamp. The team previously signed offensive guard Sean Harlow of Oregon State and safety Damontae Kazee of San Diego State.

The terms of McKinley’s deal were not immediately available. He was the 26th overall pick in the draft after the Falcons made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Last year’s 26th pick, Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch, received a four-year deal worth $9,476,308 that include a $5,091,860 signing bonus. Lynch got $8,334,083 guaranteed, including an abnormal $600,000 of his base salary guaranteed in the fourth year of the deal.

As a first-round pick, McKinley also will have the fifth-year option tied to his contract.

All the draft picks, outside of McKinley, are subject to four-year base salaries of $690,000 (2017), $615,000 (2018), $540,000 (2019), and $465,000 (2020), with signing bonuses tied to where they were slotted in the draft. Kazee, the 149th overall pick and first of three fifth-round selections for the Falcons, received a four-year, $2.688 million deal that included a $288,932 signing bonus.

The rookies take the field at 12:50 p.m. ET on Friday. McKinley, still recovering from major right-shoulder surgery in March, isn’t expected to participate much, if at all.

Leave a Comment

The Latest

To Top