The real pressure point of the first round is coming in the second quarter, with picks 8 through 12 all unsigned to this point. That span includes the player who has been absent from his camp the longest thus far — DE Aaron Maybin has missed the Bills’ first week of practice. It also includes a wide receiver who many believed would go in the top five (Michael Crabtree of the 49ers) and the first running back selected in the draft (Knowshon Moreno of the Broncos).
So there’s a lot of inherent drama given the way those picks came down. And pick No. 14, Saints CB Malcolm Jenkins, is in an interesting position, too. The picks on either side of him already are signed, and the deals were done by CAA, the agency that also represents him. I’m hearing that the Broncos and DE/LB Robert Ayers (pick No. 18) have a gulf they still must bridge, and that some agents wouldn’t surprised if pick No. 19, Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin, is done at some point tonight.
With so many signing and holdouts going on this week, and Brett Favre and Michael Vick in the news, a few things slipped through the cracks. So I got caught up on a few contract details and figured I’d post them now.
Center Alex Mack’s deal with the Browns is worth a maximum of $15 million over five years, with $8.3 million guaranteed, according to sources. Agent Marv Demoff wasn’t afraid to wade in early despite his client being at pick 21, and he received a strong contract regardless. Pick No. 24, Falcons DT Peria Jerry, landed a max of $13.25 million over five years, with $7.55 million guaranteed, according to sources. Chris “Beanie” Wells, at pick No. 31, received $11.8 million max and $6.345 guaranteed over his five-year deal with the Cardinals.
Later in the week, I’ll break down some of these deals in detail — on the blog and NFL Total Access –– as to what part is comprised of inflated filler and which have some potentially rich meat tucked away in escalators and bonuses that aren’t included as guaranteed money but are easily within reach should the rookie develop.
I’ll be bopping around the camps as well, and I’m very pumped. I’m starting right down the road with the Ravens and Redskins, hitting Cleveland on Wednesday and then working the rest of the week from Canton, Ohio, where Hall of Fame festivities will take place.