Football: Former Jackrabbit Tucker Kraft signs contract with NFL's Green Bay Packers


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former South Dakota State tight end Tucker Kraft signed a four-year, $5.54 million rookie contract with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, Matt Zimmer of Sioux Falls Live reported.

Kraft received a signing bonus of $1.27 million and that is the only guaranteed money of the contract. His base salary will start as $750K in his rookie season and will then jump up to $951K in his second year, $1.2 million in the third year and $1.455 million in the final year of the contract.

Kraft was picked in the third round in April’s NFL Draft with the 78th overall pick by the Packers. He caught 99 passes in his career with SDSU for 1,211 yards and nine touchdowns. Kraft’s best season came in 2021 when he caught six touchdowns.

Kraft has a chance to be the No. 1 tight end for Green Bay as he is going up against fellow rookie tight end Luke Musgrave, who was selected in the second round.