The 2016 NFL draft concluded three weeks ago. Since then, nearly three of every four picks have been signed to contracts.
Based on NFLPA records through May 18 and four other signings announced since then, 188 of 253 draft picks have agreed to their rookie deals. That’s almost 75 percent.
All fifth-round picks have signed, and 18 of 31 first-rounders are under contract.
It’s a far cry from the way things were under the pre-2011 labor deal, when few if any draft picks signed before Memorial Day — and first-round selections didn’t begin to agree to terms until Independence Day. It also shows that there’s no reason for any rookie to be unsigned before reporting for rookie minicamp and offseason workouts — and every reason for agents to refuse to let their clients step onto the practice field until pen has been put to paper.