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Justin Blackmon is the only remaining unsigned draft pick but that won't be lasting long. Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports Blackmon has agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's expected to sign the contract as soon as Tuesday, making it all official.
SB Nation's Big Cat Country reports the Jaguars were seeking future protection in the contract in the instance Blackmon encounters more off the field issues down the road.
Blackmon is the last draft pick to agree to terms. Kendall Wright, the second to last draft pick to sign, inked a deal last week so we've been waiting on Blackmon's deal for a while now. As it stands, he'll miss over a week of Jaguars training camp which makes it even more important that he's in camp as soon as possible. Blackmon has a real chance to contribute early for the Jaguars but his training camp holdout will hurt those chances of early contributions.
While the Blackmon saga will soon be over, the Maurice Jones-Drew story still dominates the headlines in Jacksonville. With two years remaining on his current deal, MJD is holding out from Jaguars training camp and there is no end in sight.
For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars, visit Big Cat Country.
And then there was one. The Tennessee Titans on Tuesday wrapped up a deal with 1st round pick Kendall Wright, according to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com. Wright was one of two 1st rounds picks remaining, which means only Justin Blackmon and the Jacksonville Jaguars remain.
Wright's presence with the Titans has a greater importance with Kenny Britt's situation. Britt, the Titans top receiver, is facing a possible multi-game suspension as well as a recovery from multiple knee surgeries. Wright missed only a few days of Titans camp so he now enters camp with the team where he could be getting some time at Britt's position.
SB Nation's Music City Miracles is interested to see how quickly he can integrate himself into the offense.
At this point the work that he has missed is not something that cannot be made up quickly. There have been some really good reports so far in camp about guys like Damian Williams and Marc Mariani, so Wright might have a little bit of an uphill battle in the early going, but if he was worth the 20th pick in the draft, it should not take him very long to pass those guys on the depth chart.
The Titans are also facing a quarterback competition between veteran Matt Hasselbeck and year two player Jake Locker.
For more on the Tennessee Titans, visit Music City Miracles.
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a contract with first round pick Ryan Tannehill.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed their entire 2012 NFL Draft class now that defensive tackle Dontari Poe has agreed to terms. Poe, the 11th overall pick in the draft, agreed with the Chiefs on Thursday morning. He will report to training camp with the rest of the team.
There are a couple of different camps when it comes to how Poe will do in the NFL. One side says he did little at Memphis and there's not much of a reason to think that will change when he moves into a league with better competition. The other camp looks at his measurables and understands the potential that's there.
Details of Poe's deal weren't released.
Matt Kalil and the Minnesota Vikings have struck a deal. The St. Pioneer Press reports that Kalil and the Vikings have agreed to terms on his rookie deal, which should be signed at some point on Thursday. This will allow Kalil to enter training camp with the team.
Kalil was the fourth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and should become an immediate starter in Minnesota. Coming out of USC, Kalil was the top offensive tackle prospect in the country. He's a Day 1 starter type of player who will be protecting Christian Ponder's blind side.
This completes the Vikings' draft class with all 10 picks signed.
There are now four first-round picks who have yet to ink their rookie deals, including Jacksonville Jaguars' Justin Blackmon, Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill, Kansas City Chiefs' Dontari Poe, and Tennessee Titans' Kendall Wright.
Just a few rookies remain to be signed as the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals both signed their third round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft on Wednesday. The Vikings signed cornerback Josh Robinson out of Central Florida to a four-year deal while the Bengals inked defensive tackle Brandon Thompson out of Clemson.
With Robinson in the fold, the Vikings have just No. 4 overall pick Matt Kalil left to sign from the 2012 draft class with training camp set to open Thursday. Robinson, on the other hand, should able to show up on day one. He looks to help a beleaguered secondary that was 26th in the league in total passing defense and tied for dead last with just eight interceptions on the year.
Thompson recorded 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble among his 46 tackles last season with the Tigers. Mocking The Draft was extremely high on his potential in March, but noted that the big man needed to work on his stamina and technique.
The St. Louis Rams will have all their rookies in training camp on Saturday after signing their last two draftees on Tuesday night. Third-round draft pick CB Trumaine Johnson signed a four-year contract with the team, making him the last of the team's 10 selections to initial a contract, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The team also signed second-round cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Johnson played his college ball for the Montana Grizzlies and started all four years at cornerback for his team. At 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds, Johnson is certainly in the mold of the bigger cornerbacks the league has seen emerge of the last several years, but it is certainly possible he could transition to safety given his size.
Johnson was the second pick of the third round, No. 65 overall.
With NFL training camps underway or beginning over the next few days, those unsigned rookies are inking their initial contracts. On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Rams and second-round pick Janoris Jenkins reached an agreement, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The contract is reportedly a four-year deal worth $5 million, with $3.1 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money, Thomas reports, is the highest percentage increase for any second-rounder this year over 2011 second-rounders. This deal comes nearly a week after similar terms were leaked to the public, a deal Jenkins' agent did not want to take. There was also a dispute over the Rams choosing a financial advisor for Jenkins, which would have violated the collective bargaining agreement had they gone through with it.
Jenkins went No. 39 overall to the Rams in April, having had the talent to be a first-round pick, but off-field issues caused some concerns. He had two drug-related arrests while with the Florida Gators and finished his career at North Alabama.
The Denver Broncos have now locked up all of their picks from the 2012 NFL draft. On Tuesday, John Elway announced that the team had agreed to terms with quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Ronnie Hillman.
Osweiler, a second-round pick, and Hillman, a third-round selection, will join Derek Wolfe (himself a second-round draftee) and the rest of the Broncos at Denver's training camp, which kicks off on Wednesday.
Broncos camp should be plenty interesting. Peyton Manning will be getting ready to start his first season with his new team and Osweiler will be trying to get his first pro snaps in to back up the future Hall of Famer. Hillman is expected to complement Willis McGahee and be effective on runs out of the shotgun formation, according to Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
Brandon Weeden has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth approximately $8.1 million with the Cleveland Browns, according to reports. The 28-year-old rookie will report to training camp Wednesday with the Browns' rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans.
Head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to name Weeden as the team's starting quarterback at some point, though when exactly is unknown.
"Sooner than later, I think once we've made the decision, that's the deal," said Shurmur. "If you know that he's going to be your guy, then make it happen so everybody gets comfortable working with that guy all the time."
Weeden was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He passed for 4,727 yards and 37 touchdowns last season for Oklahoma State on his way to leading the Cowboys to a win over the Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Trent Richardson is going to make it to training camp on time after reportedly signing his rookie deal with the Browns.
Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne has signed a four-year, $16.26 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The deal contains no offset language, meaning Claiborne will be paid the full amount of his contract even if the Cowboys don't pick up his team option for a fifth season. With Claiborne locked in with Dallas, only seven first round picks from the 2012 NFL Draft remain unsigned as training camps get underway.
Claiborne was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in April. He was a unanimous All-American selection during his junior season with the LSU Tigers. He also won the Jim Thorpe award given out each season to the best defensive back in college football.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a deal with their first-round pick in 2012 NFL Draft, offensive guard David DeCastro out of Stanford. DeCastro's deal is reportedly worth $7.814 million over four years. He was selected No. 24 overall in April.
With the signing, the Steelers now have all of their rookies under contract. That's no doubt a relief for fans with training camp set to begin Wednesday. Adam Caplan reports that 23 rookies remain unsigned, eight of them first round picks.
DeCastro was a first-team All Pac-12 selection in 2010 and 2011. He was also a unanimous All-American last season. He decided to forego his senior year to enter the NFL Draft.
The Steelers gave up 42 sacks last season, tied for ninth-most with the Denver Broncos. They ranked 11th averaging 4.4 yards per carry in the running game.
The Detroit Lions have now officially signed all of their 2012 draft picks to contracts. On Monday, the Lions' official website announced that they have signed the first-round offensive tackle Riley Reiff to a four-year deal worth about $8 million.
Selected at No. 23 out of Iowa, the 2011 All-American and All-Big Ten player was evaluated as one of the best linemen in a very deep 2012 NFL Draft.
The Lions' official team blog reports that Reiff will be at the Lions' training camp on Friday. He is expected to compete for a starting tackle position.
"Riley's on track to play a lot of football for us really early," said Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. "He's an exceptional talent, and he's a great kid. He's going to really help us on our offensive line. Where he ends up this year really hasn't been determined yet. But we're just happy with what we've seen so far. We think he's going to be a heck of a player."
Reiff will also receive a $2.6 million signing bonus.
Rookie safety Mark Barron has signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $5.5 million plus a $8.91 million signing bonus, according to reports. Pro Football Talk notes that Barron's contract contains no offset language, meaning he is fully guaranteed his money if the Bucs don't pick up his fifth-year team option.
Bucs, No. 7 pick Mark Barron strike a deal, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 20, 2012
Barron was selected with the No. 7 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft this past April after earning All-American honors with the Alabama Crimson Tide in his last two seasons.
For more on Barron and the Buccaneers head over to the SB Nation blog Bucs Nation.
There are a handful of first-round draft picks that still remain unsigned, including the Detroit Lions' first-round pick, offensive tackle Riley Reiff. The first-overall pick in Andrew Luck has been signed, which usually sets the bar for the rest of the round, but according to Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press, the Lions and Reiff are still trying to work out a deal by Monday.
But the Lions' first-round pick, offensive lineman Riley Reiff, remains unsigned with rookies due to report Monday for training camp in Allen Park. Reiff is among 10 first-round picks who have not signed. Details are scarce on the negotiations. Neither team president Tom Lewand nor Reiff's agent, Neil Cornrich, returned messages Thursday.
Lions rookies are scheduled to report on Monday July 23, but Monarrez notes that Reiff and his agent are likely waiting on No. 4 overall pick Matt Kalil to sign his deal, before moving forward.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stirred a little excitement on Thursday when he curiously reassured his Twitter followers not to worry about first overall pick Andrew Luck getting a deal done before training camp started. An hour later, Luck was signed.
Irsay himself confirmed the news not long after a gaggle of reporters shared it via Twitter. The team's owner also included a photo of his newest employee signing a contract worth roughly $22 million at the team's headquarters. Here is Luck in action, decked out in team colors.
While he was the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Luck has been something of a second fiddle in the media in the months since his selection, as No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has drawn more of the public eye. Despite the relative lack of media attention, the Stanford product was widely considered not only the top quarterback prospect in the draft, but also one of the best passers to come along in some time. He now has to live up to the billing, with some mighty large shoes to fill in Indianapolis.
For more on the Colts, visit Stampede Blue.
The Indianapolis Colts reached a deal with quarterback Andrew Luck, the first player picked in the 2012 NFL Draft. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reported news of the deal via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
IT'S DONE.#Colts sign Andrew Luck.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) July 19, 2012
News of the deal comes less than an hour after Colts owner Jim Irsay urged his Twitter followers not to worry about the team getting Luck signed in time for training camp.
12 will b signed,sealed n delivered without a hitch,RELAX Colts Faithful..British Open Contest SOON!..Don't make me do it without The Fez on— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) July 19, 2012
The deal is a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, standard for first-round picks in under the new CBA. Chappell also reported that the deal is worth approximately $22 million with a $14.5 million signing bonus.
Luck's signing comes a day after the Washington Redskins announced a deal with quarterback Robert Griffin III, the second pick in the draft. With the first two picks locked up, the players selected in spots three through eight will likely follow suit.
For more on the Colts, visit Stampede Blue.
Dont'a Hightower has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots, according to Pro Football Talk. Hightower, a 6'3, 270-pound linebacker out of Alabama, is the last of the Pats' 2012 NFL Draft picks to sign with the team. He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the first round.
Pats agree to terms with first-rounder Dont'a Hightower, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 18, 2012
Hightower was a consensus All-American during his senior season with the Crimson Tide. He recorded 83 total tackles with four sacks while leading the Tide to a national title. Hightower should help shore up a New England defense that ranked 31st in the league in total defense, and 24th allowing 4.6 yards per carry on the ground.
The details of Hightower's new contract have not yet been disclosed.
Robert Griffin III signed his rookie deal with the Redskins. It's a four-year deal with a fifth year option.
The San Francisco 49ers are done with the contracts for their rookie class. The team announced on Wednesday that 1st round pick A.J. Jenkins agreed to a four-year contract. The deal is worth slightly less than $7 million over four years.
Jenkins's signing completes the 49ers draft pick signings, which is a lot earlier than last year. In 2011 the 49ers didn't sign their 1st round pick, Aldon Smith, until July 28. The previous six 49ers draft picks have been signed for weeks and Jenkins, the highest remaining pick, completes the 2012 class.
Jenkins has had a slow start to his NFL career with some ups and downs at the 49ers offseason program. But he has the opportunity to turn it on at training camp next month.
The latest depth chart prediction from SB Nation's Niners Nation has Jenkins low on the receiver depth chart.
Whitney Mercilus has been practicing with the Houston Texans without finalizing a contract and there was never any worry over whether or not he'd sign with the team, but both Mercilus and the Texans will be happy to have a deal done before training camp. The team announced on Thursday that they have signed their first-round pick.
Mercilus had an extremely productive college career and is expected to be a contributor, though not an every down player, right away for Houston. Head coach Gary Kubiak spoke about his minicamp performance in the Texans' release regarding Mercilus' signing.
"He's doing good. He's doing a lot, trying to learn special teams and handling his job outside, so he has a lot on his plate right now. He has a lot of ability and should be able to help us a lot."
Last year at Illinois, Mercilus racked up an impressive 16 sacks and an incredible nine forced fumbles. He was a defensive end in college, but will play outside linebacker in the NFL.
Last week the St. Louis Rams signed their first-round pick, defensive tackle Michael Brockers. On Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets, they agreed to terms with another draft pick, wide receiver Brian Quick, the team's first pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Quick comes from Appalachian State, which isn't exactly known for producing NFL stars, but head coach Jeff Fisher was impressed when watching him work out, as he said during the draft:
"He's a tall, athletic, talented receiver," Fisher said. "He's got great speed and impressive ball skills. He might not be a big name, but we believe he'll do some big things for us."
The Rams hope he can become the No. 1 receiver they've been lacking since Sam Bradford arrived.
As the spring wanes toward summer, more and more NFL teams are inking their selections in the 2012 NFL Draft to contracts so they can avoid holdouts during training camps. Monday brought another signing: Michael Floyd, the Arizona Cardinals' first round pick, signed his deal, helping Arizona get all of its 2012 draft class under contract.
Floyd, who starred at Notre Dame and has multiple arrests on DUI charges, signed a deal worth $10 million over four years, all guaranteed, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The Cardinals have a team option for a fifth year in the deal, and would likely not hesitate to use it if Floyd develops into the bookend receiver on the other side of Larry Fitzgerald that Arizona has lacked since the days of Anquan Boldin.
Arizona also signed Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming to a four-year deal.
As teams roll closer to their mandatory mini-camps and training camps, more and more rookies are being signed. The latest to sign is the Cincinnati Bengals' third-round pick, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The financials of the contract have not yet been released.
Sanu started three seasons at Rutgers, catching 210 passes for 2,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 6'1 and 211 pounds, Sanu is a more physical receiver that can work the middle of the field. He should be in play to be the Bengals' starting wide receiver opposite second-year receiver A.J. Green.
With Sanu signing, the Bengals only have one draft pick left unsigned, third-round defensive tackle Brandon Thompson.
The St. Louis Rams signed rookie running back Isaiah Pead on Wednesday, Pead announced via Twitter. Terms of the deal for the 2012 NFL Draft 2nd Round pick were not revealed. All that is known at this point is that the Cincinnati product is apparently pretty happy.
It's official. I got my 1st job today #TeamEmployed— Isaiah Pead (@iPead) June 6, 2012
Pead has yet to participate in Rams OTAs due to an NFL rule stipulating that rookies cannot take part until after their colleges have finished up final examinations. In the meantime, he says he is working to "get smarter" before he takes the field.
Pead rushed for 1,259 yards last season for the Bearcats, scoring 15 total touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards per carry. His versatility as a runner and as a pass catcher (he caught 87 passes in four seasons at Cincinnati) should serve him well as a complement to veteran Steven Jackson.
For more on Pead and the Rams, check out the SB Nation blog Turf Show Times.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down to their last draft pick signing. After the team announced 1st round pick Doug Martin, they are now just waiting on safety Mark Barron to sign. Martin, the former Boise State running back, agreed to terms on Monday morning.
Martin can expect a heavy dose of playing time early in his Bucs career. New head coach Greg Schiano plans to rely heavily on the rushing attack, as the Bucs release on Martin's signing notes.
Martin will be in camp on time, and that's good news for the Buccaneers, who intend to utilize him heavily in their 2012 offense. New Head Coach Greg Schiano intends to emphasize the running game, and the addition of Martin to a backfield that already featured
LeGarrette Blountcould create a very powerful 1-2 punch.
Martin was very productive at Boise State rushing for 3,431 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry while in college. In his senior season, he ran for 1,299 yards and 16 touchdowns and was named MVP of the 2011 Maaco Bowl.
The Minnesota Vikings have joined the party and signed their first round pick Harrison Smith. The safety out of Notre Dame was the 29th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Smith's selection came when the Vikings traded back into the first round of the draft.
The Vikings secondary was one of the biggest problems for the team this offseason and they're hoping to solve that with the addition of Smith and CB Josh Robinson, both 2012 draft picks.
The Vikings first pick of the draft was offensive tackle Matt Kalil.
There are three teams remaining that have yet to sign a draft pick -- Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders. Seven other teams have signed all of their draft picks including the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL's new rookie wage scale has resulted in draft picks signing faster than ever before.
According to sources, the Redskins have signed 4th RD pick, QB Kirk Cousins to a 4-year contract worth $2.57 million.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 31, 2012
Cousins was a peculiar pick by Washington, considering the team drafted quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. Not only that, but Cousins was the very next pick the Redskins made in the draft, having traded their second and third-round picks in the deal for the second overall pick.
There was some concern that the two quarterback picks could cause some friction in the locker room, but it's clear Cousins' role initially is to be a back-up quarterback and learn the ropes.
Cincinnati used the 27th pick in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft to select Zeitler. A highly regarded prospect from Wisconsin, he is likely to start at right guard for the Bengals this season. In fact, Zeitler has already been taking reps with the first team in spring OTAs.
Zeitler's signing comes a week after the team signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, their other 1st-round pick. Zeitler's deal leaves just two Bengals' draft picks unsigned, 3rd-rounders WR Mohamed Sanu and DT Brandon Thompson.
Teams have been signing draft picks at a feverish pace in the weeks since the draft. The new rookie salary system agreed to in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement has eliminated most of the negotiations that used to go into signing 1st-round picks.
Chandler Jones and the New England Patriots have agreed to terms, the team announced Wednesday. Jones was selected with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was just the third defensive end off the board behind Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jones started three seasons at Syrcause, where he racked up 193 tackles, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles. He earned All-Big East honors during his junior season with 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks before declaring for the draft as an early entrant. The feat is even more impressive considering he played in just seven games after suffering a leg injury.
Rookie defensive tackle Derek Wolfe signed a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Monday, the Denver Post reports. Wolfe was selected with the Broncos' first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft at 36th overall out of Cincinnati. His new contract is worth $5.2 million, with $3.2 million guaranteed.
Wolfe has to sit out all three of the Broncos' OTAs, though it's not his fault. According to NFL rules, players can't begin workouts until their their college class has completed graduation. Cincinnati's senior class of 2012 doesn't complete its graduation ceremony until June 9. Wolfe will be able to join the Broncos for the team's final offseason minicamp, which is June 12-14.
Wolf racked up 70 tackles last season with the Bearcats, including a career high 9.5 sacks. He has the versatility to play defensive end, giving an already stout Broncos front seven some useful flexibility.
#Eagles and 3rd round draft pick QB Nick Foles agree to terms on a four-year contract.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 21, 2012
Foles played his college football for the Arizona Wildcats and was a third-round selection by the Eagles, even after a disappointing senior season. He started 11 games in 2011, completing 69.1 percent of his passes while throwing an average 361.2 yards per game. He tossed 28 touchdowns and gave up 14 interceptions.
The Eagles now have a player to develop as a long-term backup, one who they can perhaps develop into an eventual starter when the Michael Vick era comes to a close.
Kirkpatrick, a cornerback from Alabama, was the 17th overall pick and one of two players selected by Cincinnati in the 1st round. The Bengals received the 17th pick from Oakland as part of the Carson Palmer trade.
Terms of Kirkpatrick's deal were not announced. The new collective bargaining agreement lays out a standardized slotting system for rookie pay, which should put Kirkpatrick's deal somewhere between $8.5 million and $8.7 million over four years. Teams have now signed roughly 150 draft picks in quick order because the new rookie pay structure has eliminated most of the negotiation.
Guard Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals' other 1st-round pick, remains unsigned.
Kirkpatrick was the third cornerback selected in the draft. A three-year starter at Alabama, the rangy corner should start opposite Nate Clements this season.
The New Yorks Jets signed first-round pick Quinton Coples to a four-year contract, according to reports.
As more and more draft picks sign their rookie contracts, the Buffalo Bills have inked first-round draft pick Stephon Gilmore to a four-year contract. Gilmore's deal is believed to be worth around $12.1 million with a fifth-year option that will be worth the 2015 transition tag for cornerbacks, according to a report by Albert Breer of NFL Network.
The Bills used the 10th overall pick to select the South Carolina cornerback, who already made a big impression on coaches in the team's rookie mini-camp a few weeks ago. Gilmore was viewed as a playmaking cornerback who seemed to rise as we got closer to the NFL Draft, leading many draft experts to note he could be a surprise Top 10 pick.
With Gilmore under contract, the Bills can now focus on getting the rest of their draft class under contract.
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Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is finally a few weeks behind us, the various teams are beginning to lock down their picks. The Carolina Panthers, for example, have already agreed to terms with all seven of their draft picks and are looking ahead to the offseason with the bulk of their work finished.
While the Green Bay Packers are not quite as far along in their dealings with draftees, they have at least locked up one of their players. The Packers have signed their first-round pick, Nick Perry, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The linebacker who was selected as the No. 28 overall pick in the first round by the Packers. He was a First-team All-Pac 12 selection while playing with the USC Trojans. Perry had 8.5 sacks and 54 tackles in 12 games in 2011.
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The New York Giants signed their 2nd-round pick, LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, on Friday. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, via Randle's agent, the No. 63 overall pick signed a four-year contract.
News of Randle's signing came just hours after it was reported the Giants signed running back David Wilson, the team's 1st-round pick. With Randle's deal done, only one Giants draft pick remains unsigned, 7th-round choice Markus Kuhn, a defensive tackle from North Carolina State.
Randle was part of a second-tier of receivers with draft grades ranging from the late 1st round to into the 2nd. It was a mild surprise that the Giants were able to draft him so late in the 2nd round. Randle has solid combination of size, athletic ability and good hands that were lost in the Tigers' run-first offense. He will most likely compete for the third or fourth receiver spot on the roster.
The Chicago Bears are one of the teams who often sign their draft picks earlier than other teams. Thanks to the NFL's rookie wage scale, the Bears and the rest of the NFL are getting an early start on signing draft picks. The Bears on Friday agreed to terms with Shea McClellin, their first round pick.
McClellin comes from Boise State and his value in Chicago will be based on his versatility and ability to play multiple positions in the Bears defense. He was generally viewed as a late 1st round prospect.
The Bears rookie minicamp starts on Friday and will continue through Sunday. All the rookies will be there regardless of their contract situation. The minicamp will be the first time the Bears rookie class is on the field with the coaching staff.
The Bears have already agreed to terms with a number of other draft picks.
The New York Giants will have a lot of items on their plate during the run up to the 2012 football season. The Giants prepare to defend their NFL title while dealing with some key components leaving via free agency. The team is already beginning to work on their new roster additions by signing the players they selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.
According to ProFootballTalk, the Giants have signed their first round pick, running back David Wilson. Mike Garafolo at the Star-Ledger reports that the deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth season, and there will be a signing bonus of approximately $3.3 million.
Wilson was selected as the No. 32 overall pick, the final selection in the first round. Wilson was the ACC Player of the Year in 2011, his final year with the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Carolina Panthers are wasting no time in attempting to solidify their team for the upcoming 2012 season. Following the NFL Draft, they are trying to get all of the selections on board as quickly as possible, which is certainly a sound strategy.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers have come to terms with their first-round draft pick, linebacker Luke Kuechly. The four-year contract will be worth $12.58 million in guaranteed money.
The Cincinnati native out of Boston College was selected as the No. 9 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. His deal makes him the highest selection out of this year's draft to sign with his team. Plenty more are sure to follow.
Kuechly's deal is significant for the team in another way, as now all seven of the Carolina draft picks have reportedly agreed to four-year contracts.
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The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with Courtney Upshaw, the team's first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Ravens moved out of the 1st round and selected him in the 2nd round with the 35th overall pick, a solid value for a player they very well may have selected in the 1st round anyway.
No word on the terms of the contract, but the league's rookie wage scale doesn't leave a ton of room for negotiation, which is why the contracts are flowing in much earlier this year.
On the day they drafted him, the Ravens probably didn't figure he would be as significant of a player as he'll end up being. Terrell Suggs suffered an Achilles' injury which could keep him out for part of the 2012 season, which means Upshaw could be a major part of the Ravens plans this season.
The Ravens have one remaining draft pick unsigned, 6th round pick Tommy Streeter.
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The Detroit Lions are already hard at work trying to lock up the players that they selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Sean Yuille at Pride of Detroit reports that the Lions have signed four of their draft picks. This makes five draft selections that Detroit has already been able to lock up, with all of their new players signing to four-year contracts.
Second-round pick Ryan Broyles, a wide receiver from Oklahoma, is the most notable name to have signed his contract with the Lions. The other names to sign are fourth-round selection Ronnell Lewis and fifth-round picks Tahir Whitehead and Chris Greenwood.
These four players join seventh-round pick Travis Lewis as members of the Lions' 2012 draft class to be officially under contract for the next four years.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed two more of their nine 2012 NFL Draft picks, locking up both of their second rounders in linebacker Mychal Kendricks and defensive end Vinny Curry. Kendricks reportedly signed a four-year deal with the team. Terms of Curry's contract were not immediately disclosed.
The Eagles also signed fifth round draft choice offensive tackle Dennis Kelly and sixth round wide receiver Marvin McNutt. The team is still working out terms for their Round 1 draft pick, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox out of Mississippi State.
Kendricks won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 with 103 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions at Cal, and he is expected to compete immediately for the starting spot at strongside linebacker. Curry also won 2011 DPOY honors in Conference USA after recording 11 sacks among his 22 tackles for loss.
For more on the Kendricks, Curry and the Eagles, head over to the SB Nation blog Bleeding Green Nation.
The Pittsburgh Steelers clearly went into the 2012 NFL Draft with a game plan: beef up their offensive line. They came away having done just that, using their first two draft picks to select a guard and an offensive tackle, respectively.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have come to terms with their second-round draft pick, Mike Adams.
Adams was formerly an offensive tackle with the Ohio State Buckeyes and began his college career as a five-star recruit out of Ohio who was considered the top player at his position from the class of 2008. Adams stands 6'7 and weighed in at 323 pounds at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He was named all-Big Ten as a junior on 2010 and was named to the second team following last season. He won the Jim Parker award at OSU as the top offensive lineman for the Buckeyes in 2011.
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The San Diego Chargers have been busy on Tuesday. The team announced the signings of three draft picks -- Melvin Ingram (first round), Kendall Reyes (second round) and David Molk (seventh round). Reyes' signing was reported earlier on Tuesday.
Ingram's deal will cover four years with a fifth-year option. He was the 18th overall pick in the draft and Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith was very happy that he fell past the New York Jets at No. 16. Ingram was a defensive end at South Carolina, but he'll play outside linebacker in the Chargers 3-4 defense.
Check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue for more on the deals.
The NFL's rookie wage scale has made the process of signing draft picks significantly easier. Already, the Seattle Seahawks have signed eight of their 10 draft picks, including Bruce Irvin, the only 1st round pick to sign at this point.
The latest draft pick to agree to a contract is one that comes in the 2nd round. Kendall Reyes, defensive tackle out of Connecticut, agreed to a deal with the San Diego Chargers, who made him the 49th pick in the draft.
Reyes was thought of a fringe 1st round pick in some circles. He's a 6'4", 299 pound defensive tackle that projects to a defensive end in the Chargers 3-4 defense.
Stephen Hill of the New York Jets and and Irvin with the Seahawks are the only players selected ahead of Reyes that have agreed to terms.
Check out the details of the contract at SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue.
The most notable of the Monday signees was first-round pick Bruce Irvin, who became the first player chosen in the first round to sign. The Seahawks selected Irvin, a defensive end from West Virginia, 15th overall in last month's NFL draft. There was a time when first-round picks wouldn't sign until July or August, but the recently modified CBA simplified the process.
In addition to Irvin, Seattle also signed second-round pick Bobby Wagner, third-round pick Russell Wilson, fifth-round pick Korey Toomer, sixth-round picks Jeremy Lane and Winston Guy and seventh-round picks JR Sweezy and Greg Scruggs.
The days of draft picks signing their rookie contracts in late July or early August are over. The NFL's rookie wage scale has brought some sanity to rookie contracts and it's also taken out any of the drama. Just two weeks after the 2012 NFL Draft has concluded, we have a first round pick who has agreed to terms.
According to multiple reports, former West Virginia linebacker Bruce irvin, who was picked 15th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, has agreed to terms on his rookie contracts. It's a four-year contract.
Rookie draft picks will start to pick up this week, which is significantly earlier than we're used to seeing. Before the rookie wage scale, which was implemented after the 2011 NFL Draft, players selected high in the draft wouldn't agree to terms on their rookie contract until closer to training camp in August. Now they're completing contracts in May.
The Bears selected Alshon Jeffery in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft and just a few days later they now have him under contract on a four-year deal.
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