The day after Dez Bryant signed the initial first-round contract of the year, the Cowboys wrapped up the last remaining unsigned rookie from their seven man draft class.
Linebacker Sean Lee agreed to terms on a four-year deal, according to Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas. A heady player from Penn State, Lee was reportedly No. 16 overall on Dallas’ draft board. He could take Keith Brooking’s job before long.
Despite plenty of hand-wringing, Lee’s deal keeps the NFL well ahead of pace in terms of rookie signings compared to this point last year.
163 of the 255 players have officially signed as of Friday morning, up 29% versus July 22, 2010, according to the NFL. 26 players in the first three rounds have signed, compared to 20 on this date last year. (This is even before the four latest Dallas and Cleveland moves.)
The first and second-round signings continue to be slow moving, but that’s not out of the norm. If that slow pace falls well behind the norm a week from now — then we have a story.