Only 10 unsigned draft picks remain league-wide

AP

Former Giants General Manager George Young famously said “Nothing ever gets done until Bastille Day.”

This year, the process of signing NFL Draft picks was nearly done by Father’s Day, leaving July 14 looming as a lonely relic of a previous era.

When Blake Bortles puts pen to paper this morning, he’ll leave just 10 unsigned draft picks, with more than a month before anyone reports to training camp.

There’s little drama anymore because of the slotted salaries of the new CBA, and while some teams (such as the Rams) wait institutionally, there’s little valid reason to not have the money in hand as soon as possible.

The unsigned 10 include four first rounders: Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (8th overall), Titans tackle Taylor Lewan (11th), Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James (19th) and Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley (29th).

Five second-rounders remain: Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (34th), Browns guard Joel Bitonio (35th), Jaguars wide receivers Marqise Lee (39th) and Allen Robinson (61st) and Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (46th).

Dolphins tackle Billy Turner (67th) is the lone third-rounder, the lowest remaining unsigned pick.

With a little luck, they get wrapped up soon. And then we can all take a long vacation until Bastille Day.

17 responses to “Only 10 unsigned draft picks remain league-wide

  1. “For those of you who are historically challenged, Bastille Day is July 14, a major holiday in France because it commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of a revolution that led to a democratic government.

    The significance to NFL negotiators is that Bastille Day is always a week or so before training camps open, which is when teams ideally want all their players signed.”

  2. Does anyone remember when by this point we would be lucky to have 10 drafted players signed by this point? It wasn’t that long ago.

  3. Dolphins still haven’t signed their first round pick Ja’wuan James?

    That’s strange… it’s not like this happened between Dawn Aponte and Ryan Tannehill or Dion Jordan either… very strange…

  4. dc49er says:
    Jun 18, 2014 8:23 AM
    “For those of you who are historically challenged, Bastille Day is July 14, a major holiday in France because it commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of a revolution that led to a democratic government.

    The significance to NFL negotiators is that Bastille Day is always a week or so before training camps open, which is when teams ideally want all their players signed.
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    Sweet post, have fun with your napoleon complex

  5. ariani1985 says: Jun 18, 2014 9:14 AM

    and if any were available, they would all be upgrades for the rancid roster of Garbage Ted Thompson has assembled!!!!!
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    Of course that “rancid roster” will continue to embarrass the Minnesota squad that annually impersonates an NFL team….and does a poor job of it.

  6. bigbenh8tr says:
    Jun 18, 2014 9:43 AM
    Sweet post, have fun with your napoleon complex
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    Chill out bud. I didn’t know how Bastille Day related to the NFL so I googled it and COPY AND PASTED what the search returned. Notice the quotes? Ya? Ok great, thanks.

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