NFL Draft 2021: Projecting NY Giants’ Kadarius Toney’s rookie contract

Only one first-round pick has signed their rookie contract, but they could offer a glimpse of NY Giants rookie Kadarius Toney’s looming deal

NY Giants first-round pick, Kadarius Toney, hasn’t signed his rookie contract yet, but thanks to the player chosen after him, we have a pretty good idea of what his deal will look like.

Toney’s contract will be slotted by the NFL’s rookie wage scale, but Kwity Paye became the first of the players chosen in the first-round of the 2021 NFL Draft to sign his rookie contract this week, and offers a glimpse of what the Giants’ first-rounder can expect.

According to NFL.com, Paye is set to count approximately $2.4 million against the cap in 2021. Overall, Paye’s deal is a four-year contract worth $13.6 million.

All first-round picks come with the team’s benefit of a fifth-year option, and Toney is no different.

Judging by the total amount of Paye’s contract, and the fact that he was chosen one pick prior to Toney going off the board No. 20 overall, the NY Giants’ rookie wide receiver will likely collect somewhere between $14.2 and $14.5 million over the life of his contract and count approximately $2.2 million against the cap this season.

Prior to signing Toney, and the rest of their rookie class, the NY Giants currently have approximately $5.04 million in cap space.

The NY Giants were among the more active teams in free agency this offseason, signing wide receivers Kenny Golladay and John Ross, tight end Kyle Rudolph, and defensive back Adoree’ Jackson, among others, and likely as a result will not be awarded any compensatory picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL