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The Saints sign their first draft pick

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As you could tell from reading these pages for a day or two, the Saints have had a lot on their plate this offseason.

The neverending bounty fallout and Drew Brees‘ contract haven’t left them much bandwidth for signing draft picks even as team after team was getting all of their picks under contract. That finally changed on Thursday with the team’s announcement that they have signed third-round pick Akiem Hicks. It’s the standard four-year deal for players drafted after the first round for the defensive tackle.

Hicks was the team’s first selection in April after they traded their first round pick to New England and had their second-rounder taken away as part of the league’s bounty punishment. Hicks has the requisite size for the position, but he’s pretty raw after finishing his college ball at the University of Regina. Hicks, who started his college career at LSU, also broke his hand during offseason work, but he’s expected to be good to go for training camp.

The slow start to signing draft picks drew the attention of the NFLPA, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. While there’s nothing in the CBA stipulating when teams should start talking contract with their draftees, La Canfora reported that the union believes the delay violates the spirit of “good-faith negotiations” as espoused by the CBA.

Given the relative ease of signing players under the CBA, it is a bit surprising that the Saints waited so long to get it done. Absent other evidence, though, it’s tough to point to any specific intent on the part of the Saints.

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6 Responses to “The Saints sign their first draft pick”
  1. canetic says: Jun 28, 2012 6:40 PM

    How can the Saints be sure he’s not a mole for Roger Goodell? Awfully suspicious that he just happened to be available in the third round. The University of Regina? Really? Nice try, Roger.

  2. msclemons67 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:08 PM

    “Hey rookie, that’s MY money!” – Drew Brees

  3. folksaredumb says: Jun 28, 2012 9:28 PM

    Probably should also get him to sign a confidentiality agreement juuuuuuuust to be on the safe side. We wouldn’t want a repeat, would we? Ah, who am I kidding? The Saints will never repeat.

  4. latenightroach says: Jun 29, 2012 1:55 AM

    So only now they’re signing a draft pick? Well I guess that doesn’t surprise me a whole lot considering the Brees situation. This franchise is turning into a cheesy piece of work on a downward spiral.

  5. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: Jun 29, 2012 2:11 AM

    Yeah, I have no idea what could have possibly delayed this critical signing. Not like there’s anything unusual happening to the Saints this off-season.

  6. randallflagg52 says: Jun 29, 2012 3:55 AM

    How are teams still signing picks, let alone starting? Didn’t the Ravens (first team to sign their draft class) lock their rookies up 2 months ago?

    I honestly want to know why teams still aren’t done especially considering the new rookie wage scale.

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