No progress on first-round negotiations

We’ve mentioned that no first-round picks have signed rookie deals.  But the fact that no contracts have been signed doesn’t necessarily mean there has been no progress behind the scenes.

In this case, it does.

A league source with knowledge of the pace of the negotiations tell us that the talks are going “very very slowly.”  In many cases, the discussions primarily focus on possible meeting dates. 

The source believes that most if not all of the second-round picks will have to agree to terms before any significant progress can be made as to the first-round selections.

Meanwhile, the first camp opens in less than two weeks — and the Cowboys’ first-round pick is receiver Dez Bryant, whom many believe could be this year’s version of Michael Crabtree.

14 responses to “No progress on first-round negotiations


  1. The long-awaited contract talks between the Rams and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford will likely get under way next week.
    Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, who will return from a brief vacation early next week, plans to get together with Bradford’s agent, the Clayton-based Tom Condon.
    Bradford won’t be directly involved with the negotiations. “That’s why I hired an agent,” he told reporters in Oklahoma this week. “I don’t want to deal with any of that stuff. That stuff’s all on (Condon). I’ve done my part to get myself here. Now, it’s his job to get me in camp.”
    Bradford, the No. 1 overall choice in the 2010 draft, is in position for a huge contract. Quarterback Matthew Stafford, chosen first overall by the Detroit Lions in 2009, signed a six-year deal worth $72 million, with $41.75 million guaranteed.
    Bradford will probably command between $45 million to $50 million in guaranteed dollars.”
    This article was published last week so presumabely they’ve started.
    Also, even the best source in football isn’t going to be able to know what is going on in every organization. Your source has taken some liberties because there’s no way for them to honestly know that about all the first round picks.

  2. well a week or 2 ago 11th pick anthony davis and his former agent were close to a deal with the niners, but he decided to get a new agent. agent was at the practice facility today so……

  3. Bryant will want more money than WR thomas. so he wont sign until Thomas does first.
    Much like Crabtree did with Heyward Bey..

  4. “Meanwhile, the first camp opens in less than two weeks — and the Cowboys’ first-round pick is receiver Dez Bryant, whom many believe could be this year’s version of Michael Crabtree.”
    “Many” includes Florio and the Cowboy trolls on PFT?

  5. roscoe, thank you!
    Florio had to throw that little childish jab in there. He still fails to acknowledge how Jerry Jones and Dez’s agent agreed to sign a contract based on slot only and to not have a DHB situation like last year in Oakland. He also fails to mention how Dez emphasized when being interviewed at mini camps that he would not hold out.
    But hey, anything to get more hits on the site huh Florio?

  6. Bradford, the No. 1 overall choice in the 2010 draft, is in position for a huge contract. Quarterback Matthew Stafford, chosen first overall by the Detroit Lions in 2009, signed a six-year deal worth $72 million, with $41.75 million guaranteed.
    Bradford will probably command between $45 million to $50 million in guaranteed dollars.”
    ____________________________________
    WOW!!!! Shredded up shoulder, ‘slaw for a arm and no offensive lone to protect him!
    Hasn’t won a superbowl, a NFL MVP award, hasn’t even thrown a touchdown, yet alone a completion in the NFL and will be guaranteed almost $50 million dollars!!!!! Then this fella might hold out until he gets what he wants or “feels” he deserves!?

  7. “Signs point to possible Anthony Davis deal” From you realier posting: Signs say deal is clsoe.
    Get your reporting right, or delete the previous post so you can look better….

  8. Jones doesn’t normally have players signed until right before camp. On top of that, the team already has a #1 receiver. People who don’t know better say the Williams sucks but it has always been about his high salary and his status as the #2. For a #2, he still gets okay yards and pulled down several TDs in the red zone last year. Crayton produces and everyone is high on Ogletree. So, Jones is by no means over a barrel with Bryant. He can wait as long as it takes.

  9. I’m so sick of hearing stories about what last year’s pick at a particular slot got, so this year MUST be higher than that. Why??? Is there some rule that EVERY year rookies MUST get more? Damn, I wish everyone else had that. I wish one team would step up to the plate and simply state, “We don’t give a crap what someone got last year. This is THIS year, and THIS year THIS is what we’re willing to pay. At some point, fans aren’t going to continue eating this largess with continually increasing ticket prices. I’m frankly shocked any of them are still doing it.

  10. If existing players can’t get big long term deals due to the labor situation why in the world would it be any different for a top 5-10 pick? The teams are going to be afraid of these deals because of the uncertainty about how the terms will be accounted for under a new labor deal. Maybe we see more holdouts than ever?

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