Raiders DT Maurice Hurst signs rookie deal


Bay Area rent prices gave Maurice Hurst a sense of sticker shock. This area ranks high among the country’s most expensive to live, a far cry from whatever the defensive tackle was paying to live around the University of Michigan.

Hurst expressed surprise at local rent costs on social media a few weeks back, while shopping for a new spot during the Raiders offseason program.

It’s expensive, no doubt.

Hurst can afford it now, and won’t even have to resort to a second job as an Uber driver, something he did for extra cash in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hurst signed his four-year rookie contract on Wednesday, securing significant funds for playing the game he loves.

Hurst will get paid according to his draft slot, with little room to move within the NFL’s rookie wage scale.

Sports salary site estimates Hurst, the No. 140 overall pick, will earn $2.7 million over the life of the deal. He is scheduled to receive a $293,148 signing bonus, and carry a $553,287 salary-cap hit.

Hurst was widely considered a first-round talent, someone who fell down draft boards due to an irregular EKG discovered by NFL teams at the scouting combine. He was cleared to play at Michigan, and the Raiders have cleared him to play in 2018.

The drop cost him some money, something that will surely motivate him as a rookie.

“I’m upset, and disappointed in teams that decided not to pick me,” Hurst said on a conference call after being drafted. “One got a great player for very little. I’m excited to be a Raider.”

Hurst is an excellent interior pass rusher, and could fill an immediate need on the Raiders defensive line. He’s also a stout run stopper surely more capable than his draft slot suggests.

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