Eddie Vanderdoes hasn’t been in the Bay Area has much as he’d like. This year’s third-round pick missed most of the Raiders offseason program due to UCLA’s academic calendar. An NFL rule prevented Vanderdoes from practicing while his school was in session, even if he wasn’t enrolled in spring classes.
Vanderdoes, who was training in Los Angeles this summer, came back for off-field work and orientation, but the East Bay will now become home.
He can find a nice one after signing his first professional contract on Wednesday morning. The No. 88 overall pick is the seventh member of the 2017 draft class to ink a deal. Only first-round cornerback Gareon Conley and second-round safety Obi Melifonwu remain unsigned.
The NFL’s rookie wage scale is largely fixed, making negotiations easy. Vanderdoes is slotted to make $3,161,212 over the life of his four-year contract, per overthecap.com. The deal in includes a $761,212 signing bonus and a $655,303 base salary in 2017.
Vanderdoes believes he’ll hit the ground running in training camp despite missing OTAs and a mandatory minicamp. He’ll compete for significant snaps as a rookie, both as an inside pass rusher and run stuffing defensive tackle in the base defense.