The Ravens were the first NFL team to to sign every member of their 2012 draft class. Thanks to the creation of a wage scale and slotting system from a new collective bargaining agreement, the Ravens were able to expedite what is usually a long drawn out process. There was very little wiggle room as to how high salaries could get so players and more importantly, agents, knew what they saw was what they got.
Second round draft pick Courtney Upshaw, who has stumbled into a starring linebacker role after the Raven’s suffered the seemingly devastating loss (possibly for the entire season) of their superstar linebacker Terrell Suggs due to an Achilles’ injury, signed a four-year deal worth as much as $5.3 million with nearly $3.6 million guaranteed. According to the Baltimore Sun he was the highest second rounder to agree to terms.
Rounding out the final draft class members to sign on Thursday are running back Bernard Pierce and wide receiver Tommy Streeter.