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One month after the draft, 157 picks are signed


One month ago tonight, Commissioner Roger Goodell repeatedly made the slow walk to the podium at Radio City Music Hall to announce each of 32 first-round draft picks.

Over the three-day period, 254 rookies were drafted.  As of Friday, 157 of them had signed their first NFL contracts.

The trend flows directly form the 2011 labor agreement, which has streamlined dramatically the process of doing rookie deals.  Apart from the question of whether offset language will be added to the fully-guaranteed compensation paid to the players taken at the top of the draft and certain marketing considerations that bogged down the Andrew Luck talks last year, there’s nothing to negotiate.

Still, there’s a potential downside.  As Alex Marvez of pointed out last year, players who get money in May have more time to spend it.  The guys who sign their rookie contracts in late July launch straight into training camp and the preseason and the regular season and they don’t have the same opportunity to squander any of their cash.

That’s not a problem for most of the guys being picked high in the draft.  Only four of 32 first-round picks have agreed to terms, and only one in the top 10.  Many are watching the Dolphins and defensive end Dion Jordan at No. 3, given Miami’s refusal last year to drop offset language from quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s contract.

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8 Responses to “One month after the draft, 157 picks are signed”
  1. hedleykow says: May 25, 2013 10:23 PM

    Tebow will work for food, if any teams are interested in operating a circus.

  2. johnnyoclock says: May 25, 2013 10:30 PM

    Boycott watching the first round. Spread the word.

  3. mec693 says: May 25, 2013 10:59 PM

    Can’t believe its already been a month

  4. raiderapologist says: May 25, 2013 11:52 PM

    It looks like Oakland isn’t making any effort to sign anyone until after June 1st. Other teams might be waiting for that as well.

  5. realfootballfan says: May 26, 2013 12:54 AM

    It’s a good thing the league and the NFLPA got that rookie wage scale in place so that veterans could get more jobs. Oops.

  6. markwri says: May 26, 2013 8:28 AM

    Moving the draft a month later is going to suck! I don’t understand why they don’t rotate it to each NFL city or even LA. I would like to see other fans involved. I’m sick of seeing the NY Jets fans, they can be fun but its time to give others a chance. They could have it in Philly only if the fans agree to behave!

  7. torontosbiggestturd says: May 26, 2013 9:48 AM

    Good thought markwri, less of anything NY would please the remainder of the nfl fan base.

  8. itsunclepauley says: May 26, 2013 3:46 PM

    I know what you mean — I really feel for all those rookies out there with all that money and free time….sounds terrible!

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