The Atlanta Falcons selected TE Kyle Pitts (Florida) with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft this past Thursday.
With the addition of Pitts, the Falcons are set to have one of the most explosive offensive attacks in the league as he’ll be a nice complement to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as the franchise tries to make a couple of final runs with Matt Ryan at the helm.
The only way to describe Pitts is to say this: He’s a freak of nature.
Pitts has the strength to out-physical any defensive back with the athleticism to outmatch any linebacker. He’s got elite speed (4.44 40-yard dash time) and is going to be almost impossible for an opposing defense to match-up with at the next level.
Here’s what Pitts’ rookie contract will look like with the Atlanta Falcons
As you probably already, the NFL’s rookie contract amounts fluctuate dependent upon the salary cap. From there, the deals are ‘slotted’ starting with the No. 1 overall pick and working the way down the list.
Pitts was selected with the No. 4 overall pick and the latest estimates from Spotrac show that though the league had a down year due to attendance figures, first-rounders in this draft will still continue to see their totals higher than the rookies who came in the league before them since the slotted agreement came in place.
Spotrac estimates that Pitts will sign a total value contract of $32.9 million with a $21.3 million signing bonus. He has an estimated cap hit of $5.9 million for the 2021 season. Pitts will have a four-year contract with a fifth-year option.
While the rookie contract is important, we’re seeing a lot more deals never be completed and this one like won’t be either.
If Pitts performs at a high level- as we all believe he’s going to- and he becomes a major factor in the offense, there’s a big chance that he’ll sign a long-term deal well before the rookie contract expires. This is just the way of the league and it’s what we should expect to happen if he is able to come in and make the impact that most expect him to.