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32 draft picks remain unsigned

Brandon Weedon, Andrew Luck AP

In past years, the process of signing draft picks didn’t heat up until after the Fourth of July.  This year, more than 200 draft picks already have inked four-year deals.

As of this posting, 32 rookies remain unsigned.  Of that amount, 14 were picked in the first round.

None of the top eight picks in the draft have agreed to terms.  Browns running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick, has said he’ll wait for the first two selections (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin, III) to sign their deals.  Luck’s contract supposedly is close, according to owner Jim Irsay.  But that was nearly two weeks ago.

Four of the top eight picks are represented by CAA, and all eight are believed to want fully-guaranteed contracts without so-called “offset language.”  The teams are resisting, and no one is blinking, yet.

At No. 20, the Titans and receiver Kendall Wright could be squabbling over whether he’ll get a four-year fully-guaranteed deal, given that the player taken in the 20th spot last year (Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn) received a four-year fully-guaranteed contract, even though the three players taken before him didn’t.  Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, taken No. 22 in the draft, reportedly wants a fully-guaranteed contract even though the player taken in that slot last year didn’t get four years of fully-guaranteed compensation.

Though it’s too early to worry about training-camp holdouts, the shrinking class of unsigned players only becomes more glaring as more of the unsigned players sign their rookie contracts.  It would be a surprise if there isn’t at least one draft pick who fails to make it to training camp on time, regardless of the reality that the vast majority already have ensured their attendance.

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21 Responses to “32 draft picks remain unsigned”
  1. yelix says: Jul 5, 2012 9:17 PM

    Gotta wonder what the holdup with Dontari Poe is. You’d think that his numbers would be easy to figure out now that the 10th and 12th picks have been signed.

  2. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 5, 2012 9:22 PM

    Riley Reiff hasn’t signed either, but at least he’s been to all of the OTA’s and mini camp. Nothing worse than a selfish rookie. They want to get paid for having done nothing.

  3. Mike Florio says: Jul 5, 2012 9:40 PM

    All of the unsigned draft picks show up for OTAs and minicamp. They are protected financially against injury.

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 5, 2012 9:40 PM

    Wasn’t the rookie wage scale supposed to eliminate holdouts?

  5. steeltuff says: Jul 5, 2012 9:51 PM

    Greed is infiltrating the college ranks like never before. Make them play at least a couple years before they attempt to break the bank.

  6. txxxchief says: Jul 5, 2012 10:06 PM

    Condon is a notorious shi*theel. He’ll do anything to soak the owners, and that’s why so many players hire him.

  7. capitaloffense says: Jul 5, 2012 10:51 PM

    “Wasn’t the rookie wage scale supposed to eliminate holdouts?”

    These aren’t holdouts in that sense. These negotiations are ongoing. The wage scale determines how much money each pick gets not HOW they get it. Cam Newton’s contract, if I remember correctly, was a fully guaranteed 25 million without offsets, incentive based pay…”straight cash homie.” That has set a precedent for handling premier rookies. There is no doubt in my mind that Luck, RG3 and most likely T. Richardson expect the same treatment.

  8. therillest says: Jul 5, 2012 11:01 PM

    All I want to know is…do the Jags have that 3 round punter signed?

  9. andreaallennyc says: Jul 5, 2012 11:15 PM

    I really don’t understand these comments siding with the owners. These rookies are getting many, many millions less than rookies two and more years ago due to the new rookie wage scale. Now the owners are also trying to get out of guaranteed contracts and include offset language … Things that were not done earlier. The teams are paying less and also wanting more favorable contracts. That’s fine, I guess, they are trying to get the best deal for themselves. Isn’t it ok for the payers to do that too? Most NFL careers are very short and many players end up with lifelong injuries … Personally, I think the players should try to get the best deal they can too. I fault the teams for their efforts to not guarantee the contracts and for the offset language … They won the rookie wage scale and that was a HUGE benefit for them … I think they should consider that a victory and give these rookies favorable contracts..

  10. andreaallennyc says: Jul 5, 2012 11:18 PM

    Plus, I know the top players are aware that if they give in on the guarantees and offset language, they will hurt those players selected below them … They want good contracts themselves, but they also don’t want to hurt the others.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 5, 2012 11:18 PM

    The Browns didn’t want to guarantee Weeden the full four years because he will be past his prime before that.

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 6, 2012 12:01 AM

    Never wanna see something bad happen to anyone, but what if one of the hold-outs hurt himself enough to miss a few months, before he signed a contract….

    Always take the money…it may not be there tomorrow…

  13. mjkelly77 says: Jul 6, 2012 12:12 AM

    Guaranteed money means guaranteed agent fees. The greedy bloodsucking agents are still the problem.

  14. mjkelly77 says: Jul 6, 2012 12:21 AM

    andreaallennyc says:Jul 5, 2012 11:18 PM

    Plus, I know the top players are aware that if they give in on the guarantees and offset language, they will hurt those players selected below them … They want good contracts themselves, but they also don’t want to hurt the others.
    __________________

    Yeah, right. They’re all altruistic saints, only thinking of others. What naivete.

  15. darknessspreads says: Jul 6, 2012 12:44 AM

    There shouldn’t be a rookie scale at all – only in America do people love the idea of capitalism until a player tries to sell his services in the free market.

    Since there is this ridiculous rookie scale, however, all first round contracts should be fully guaranteed as a matter of course.

  16. somekat says: Jul 6, 2012 1:09 AM

    Glad to see the Eagles have all their picks under contract. I’ve seen enough first seasons get wasted due to a hold out, and some times those guys never get back on track.

  17. adamjt13 says: Jul 6, 2012 1:44 AM

    There is no “rookie wage scale.” The new CBA eliminated some of the variables in rookie contracts and gave rookies less money overall, but there is nothing actually predetermined about any rookie’s contract.

    There is somewhat of a de facto wage scale because the NFLPA accidentally revealed the rookie pool values last year, but there’s nothing that says teams can’t pay a rookie more or less than the RP value of the draft pick used on him. Some players get more, and some get less — although most do get the same as their RP value.

    The only thing that matters to the CBA is that the player’s first-year contract value is more than the minimum for his slot and that the team doesn’t spend more than its total rookie pools.

  18. chuckxx says: Jul 6, 2012 8:00 AM

    This is a perfect example of why unions have ruined many a good companys. Greed is not good. I know Gordon Gekko would not agree.

  19. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 6, 2012 9:07 AM

    Agents nothing. Some teams had all of their picks signed three weeks after the draft. All the same agents, different players.

    Same old story – unsigned rookies hurting their teams during the season because they held out during camp. Michael Crabtree, anyone?

  20. vetdana says: Jul 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    darknessspreads says:
    Jul 6, 2012 12:44 AM
    There shouldn’t be a rookie scale at all – only in America do people love the idea of capitalism until a player tries to sell his services in the free market.

    With no rookie pay scale or salary cap….this game would soon price itself out of existence..
    [ this may happen anyway !] Capitalism is great, until we look at pro sports…then we have a runaway train of hyper inflated salaries that are going to break the bank of the fans who fund this running disaster ! I think time will prove this.

  21. hummer53 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:15 AM

    Que Irsay’s head exploding if Luck holds out from camp.

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