NAPA – The Raiders first full squad practice starts Saturday morning. Gareon Conley will be available to participate. The first-round cornerback agreed on terms of his rookie contract on Friday afternoon, a league source confirmed, allowing him to report without missing anything major.
CBS Sports was first to report the news.
Conley is in the Bay Area and expected to sign the contract Friday night at the Napa Valley Marriott.
According to this years rookie wage scale, as published by overthecap.com, the No. 24 overall pick is slotted to make $10.467 million over the life of a four-year contract. The Raiders also hold a fifth-year option to extend the deal. Conley's contract includes a $5.752 million signing bonus and a $1.9 million base salary in 2017.
Conley missed four days of pre-camp instruction designed for rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans, but shouldn't be considered a setback. Conley should be able to hit the ground running when he takes the field.
That's a good thing considering they'll need him to make an instant impact as a slot cornerback at least.
Conley's situation could have been complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland. Conley has staunchly maintained his innocence in regard to the allegation, and has not been arrested or charged with a crime. The Raiders remain confident in their selection and the pre-draft research that went into it. It's uncertain at this time whether or how much Conley's legal situation played into contract talks.