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Richardson is waiting for other top picks to sign

Trent Richardson AP

The rapid completion of rookie contracts has created speculation that most if not all deals could be completed by Memorial Day, a stunning development given that, in past years, the process didn’t even begin until after the Fourth of July.

But it still could take a little time to get the deals done at the top of the draft, thanks to the traditional (but arguably outdated) process of waiting for other deals to firm up the slots.

On Monday night, Browns G.M. Tom Heckert said that the team has not had extensive negotiations with running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the draft.  “I think he wants to wait for some other [top picks to sign],” Heckert said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal.  “They’ll all get done.  It’s not a concern at all.”

It’s not a concern yet.  But there’s no reason for any delay.  In the top five, three of the players — Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at No. 2, Richardson at No. 3, and Vikings tackle Matt Kalil at No. 4 — are each represented by CAA.  It could be that CAA wants Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to set the ceiling at No. 1 and Jags receiver Justin Blackmon to set the floor at No. 5 before working out the deals for Griffin, Richardson, and Kalil in between.

It’s unclear when the dominoes will fall.  For now, only nine first-rounders have signed:  the ninth (Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly), 10th (Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore), 15th (Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin), 16th (Jets linebacker Quinton Coples), 17th (Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick), 18th (Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram), 19th (Bears linebacker Shea McClellin), 28th (Packers linebacker Nick Perry), and 32nd (Giants running back David Wilson) overall picks.  Apart from the potential debates regarding guaranteed money at picks No. 20 and No. 21 through 25, there are limited areas for negotiation and disagreement.

While it’s still highly unlikely that there will be training-camp holdouts, speculation that all draft picks will be signed before the unofficial launch of summer will end up being more than a little overly optimistic, barring a rash of completed deals in the next few days.

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20 Responses to “Richardson is waiting for other top picks to sign”
  1. killerron says: May 21, 2012 10:09 PM

    Once he signs, give him the ball. This kid is a stud and it won’t matter much who’s playing QB in Cleveland!

  2. jagsfanugh says: May 21, 2012 10:20 PM

    “killerron says:
    May 21, 2012 10:09 PM
    Once he signs, give him the ball. This kid is a stud and it won’t matter much who’s playing QB in Cleveland!”

    Ask the Jags how that worked out last year. You do know that MJD won the rushing title right? 5-11, so good luck with that.

  3. bensstinkyfingers says: May 21, 2012 10:29 PM

    When its all said and done MJD wont be able to hold T Rich’s Jockstrap. Even us lowly Browns fans laugh at the Jags. The browns will be dominating the AFC within 3 years, book it brother!

  4. jackblackshairyback says: May 21, 2012 10:37 PM

    As long as he’s signed by the time training camp starts, it’s fine.

  5. fumblenuts says: May 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    Teams will totally stack the box to stop him, and dare Weeden to beat them with his arm.

  6. mikeyhigs says: May 21, 2012 11:05 PM

    The agents can’t let the players feel that the slotted contracts are just that easy. So they will take their time with the contracts and create subtle contract differences. Otherwise rookies will quickly realize they don’t need agents.

  7. pftfollower says: May 21, 2012 11:12 PM

    Why on earth are these rookies hiring agents? There is so little flexibility.

    As a player, you did all the work in college. Why does this person deserve a cut? Do a deal slightly above what the guy the year before got. Why?

    BECAUSE THAT’S ALL YOU’RE GOING TO GET, AGENT OR NOT.

    Let these vultures start taking cuts when they land you endorsements or its time for your second contract. Until then, that’s just money that can go to your family or charity, not tom freakin condon

  8. heyzeus143 says: May 21, 2012 11:27 PM

    doesn’t matter, he’s a brown

  9. mikelitoris1 says: May 21, 2012 11:43 PM

    jagsfanugh says:
    May 21, 2012 10:20 PM

    …so good luck with that.
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    Thanks.

    – The Ravens

  10. borisbulldog says: May 21, 2012 11:50 PM

    Ask the Jags how that worked out last year. You do know that MJD won the rushing title right? 5-11, so good luck with that

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    You do know the Jags had Gab Blainert at QB right?

    Since the Browns beat the Jags 3 of the last 4 years, I believe your analysis is flawed!!!

  11. borisbulldog says: May 21, 2012 11:54 PM

    Teams will totally stack the box to stop him, and dare Weeden to beat them with his arm

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    Wow a real cerebral NFL fan

    You gotta luv trolls that quote one thing they remember from real NFL analysts!

  12. sd5547 says: May 22, 2012 12:01 AM

    I think he will be a solid pro better than Jamal Lewis not as good as Eddie George.

  13. bchapman2011 says: May 22, 2012 12:05 AM

    Not a Seahawk fan but it is a decent pickup for Seattle. The only thing I can’t understand is why they didnt force Winslow to renegotiate his deal as part of the trade. They could have easily squeezed a couple of miilion off of his current deal because Winslow was scared that the Bucs were just going to cut him and void the entire deal.

  14. trojanwarrior007 says: May 22, 2012 12:24 AM

    I will scream if he signs a contract longer than 4 years. As a bruising RB that will get alot of carries, I would suggest he get a 3 year deal so he can hit free agency and get real money sooner.

  15. applecool1981 says: May 22, 2012 1:20 AM

    trojanwarrior007 says: May 22, 2012 12:24 AM

    I will scream if he signs a contract longer than 4 years. As a bruising RB that will get alot of carries, I would suggest he get a 3 year deal so he can hit free agency and get real money sooner.

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    It is not possible for him to sign a deal that is less than a four year deal with a team option 5th year (at the pay rate of the exclusive franchise tag tender) per the CBA.

  16. denverscott says: May 22, 2012 2:05 AM

    To the dorks that finish their post with “book it”, why not use the phrase “Tru dat” or something else just as annoying. It make you sound like a Tard. You’ll probably start calling a “game” a “tilt” again too. Sheesh!

  17. mikemcdorman says: May 22, 2012 3:56 AM

    Teams will totally stack the box to stop him, and dare Weeden to beat them with his arm.

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    And then Weeden will beat them with his arm. That’s the plan anyway.

  18. jalauch says: May 22, 2012 4:20 AM

    Oh Ben… thats a good one

  19. mtheparrothead says: May 22, 2012 7:39 AM

    Ah Cleveland fans. How bout we let Richardson play a down before claiming he’ll out beast Mjd. And for the amount of pics you gave for him (while Mjd a 2nd rounder) hed better be ap 2.0. (hint: he’s not)

  20. sadviking says: May 22, 2012 10:53 AM

    Teams will totally stack the box to stop him, and dare Weeden to beat them with his arm

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    Wow a real cerebral NFL fan

    You gotta luv trolls that quote one thing they remember from real NFL analysts!

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    Of course, just because he didn’t use his own words doesn’t mean he’s wrong.

    Signed,
    Vikings fan

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