On Monday, Browns coach Eric Mangini expressed optimism regarding the possibility that all of the team’s draft picks will be signed before Friday, the day on which they report in advance of training camp.
But Friday has arrived, and three of the rookies have not yet been signed.
First-round cornerback Joe Haden, second-round safety T.J. Ward, and second-round running back Montario Hardesty don’t have contracts. Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the team was working as of Thursday night to get them signed.
Their presence isn’t critical; camp doesn’t open until next week. Still, today’s the day the season begins for the rookies — and a trio of fairly important draft picks may not be present.