Does that mean he might have returned if he didn’t get over slot value? Wouldn’t THAT have been nice!
No. He was gone.
I’m pretty sure the teams that seriously considered drafting him knew what his “number” was before they pulled the trigger.
The $800,000 bonus was almost exactly what the 72nd pick (in the supplemental part of the 2nd round) got. So we can accurately contrast where he went last year - 18th round - to how he got paid (2nd round) after just a year with our staff.
Nice talking point on the Juco recruiting trail. Also useful for keeping some of those second year eligible guys around for their junior seasons (in some cases).