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 Lions sign all 2013 draft picks 
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Post Re: Lions sign all 2013 draft picks
Offset language in Ansah's contract would be little more than the team admitting that they didn't really think the guy was the 3rd-best player in the draft, but they drafted him anyways.

With the new CBA, what a first-round pick (and I think to an extent, what ALL the picks in all 7 rounds) can make, and for how many years, is pretty well set. How much is signing bonus vs. pay might be open to some alteration, but if the #1 is slotted to get $30 million over 5 years, then it doesn't matter how it's split, it's $30 million, and it's guaranteed.

If Ansah gets cut after a couple of seasons, he still gets the money from the Lions, plus whatever he can get from another team. That's pretty fair, when you consider that even if Ziggy IS getting $30 million, it's less than what was guaranteed for Stafford's initial contract. It's a trade-off the owners made for 10 years of labor peace *and* cost controls for incoming rookies.

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