The rookie salary structure in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement has eliminated the lengthy contract negotiations that used to result in first-round draft picks routinely missing some or even all of training camp. But that doesn’t mean every rookie will report to camp on time.
Titans first-round draft pick Kendall Wright, a wide receiver selected 20th overall from Baylor, remains unsigned today as the Titans’ rookies report to training camp, and the Tennessean reports that the Titans aren’t expecting to get Wright’s contract done today.
Although the CBA dictates that Wright’s contract will be in the range of a four-year, $8.2 million deal, the two sides may continue to haggle over how much of that money is fully guaranteed.
Every day Wright misses of camp is a day when he’ll be missing out on time to learn the offense and work with quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, who are reporting early along with the rookies. Wright is expected to start for the Titans, and with No. 1 receiver Kenny Britt recovering from a knee injury and possibly facing a suspension after his recent drunk driving arrest, the Titans want Wright to be ready to go from Day One. For that to happen, he needs to sign soon.