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Breaking down Todd Gurley's rookie contract

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams signed running back Todd Gurley to his rookie contract last week as part of their annual tradition of signing the bulk of their rookie class at the same time.

Under the CBA, there's not much mystery to these deals anymore. That makes it easy for teams like the Rams to take their time, educate their rookies and then hand over the big checks that come in the form of signing bonuses.

Gurley said he has no huge plans for his newfound riches, though he said he'll probably buy his mother a house and could take a trip sometime in the next month before returning to St. Louis to continue his rehab from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

"[Signing] was cool, I was definitely smiling," Gurley said. "I was happy to get it over with and officially be a part of this organization."

All told, Gurley's four-year deal offered almost 14 million reasons to smile. The contract is worth $13,8323,180, all of which is guaranteed and includes a signing bonus of $8,313,224 for the draft's No. 10 overall pick.

Here's how it breaks down (again, all money guaranteed):

2015

Cap number: $2,513,306

Cash: $8,748,224

Base salary: $435,000

Prorated signing bonus: $2,078,306

2016

Cap number: $3,141,632

Cash: $1,063,326

Base salary: $1,063,326

Prorated signing bonus: $2,078,306

2017

Cap number: $3,769,958

Cash: $1,691,652

Base salary: $1,691,652

Prorated signing bonus: $2,078,306

2018

Cap number: $4,398,284

Cash: $2,319,978

Base salary:$2,319,978

Prorated signing bonus: $2,078,306