June 25, 2018
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Five NFL teams still have no signed draftees

By Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange

When the Jacksonville Jaguars signed cornerback Jeremy Harris to a four-year contract, they removed themselves from the list of NFL teams without a signed draft pick as of Monday when cornerback Jeremy Harris signed a four-year contract.

That left five teams that have not signed any of their choices.

A seventh-round pick, Harris is the 37th of that round’s 48 selections to have already signed in the 23 days since the draft ended.

The signing of Harris, along with Buffalo wide receiver Robert Woods (second round), Seattle running back Christine Michael (second), Miami running back Mike Gillislee (fifth) and Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams (sixth) brings the total signed picks to 136 of the 254 selected.

Three teams — Chicago (6), Detroit (9) and New Orleans (5) — have signed all of their draft choices, while Carolina, Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis and Tennessee have yet to sign any.

In the third year of the new CBA, which virtually locks in the contract numbers for every draft pick, little negotiation is needed, especially for players selected after the third round. Guaranteed base salaries within the four-year term of rookie contracts makes the signings in the first three rounds take longer.

That’s why only 26 of the 97 players picked in the first three rounds had signed as of May 20. Of the 26, three were first-round picks, 11 in the second round and 12 in the third round.

Conversely, 110 of 157 players selected after the third round have signed: 20 in the fourth round, 25 in the fifth round, 28 in the sixth round and 37 in the seventh round.

The three signed first-round choices, not surprisingly, are from the three teams that have signed all of their picks. The Bears joined the group Friday night when guard Kyle Long (20th overall) agreed to terms. Previously, the Lions signed defensive end Ziggy Ansah (fifth overall) and the Saints signed safety Kenny Vaccaro (15th overall).

Following are each team’s players signed and selected:

Arizona 5 of 9, Atlanta 4 of 8, Baltimore 6 of 10, Buffalo 7 of 8, Carolina 0 of 5, Chicago 6 of 6, Cincinnati 6 of 10, Cleveland 0 of 5, Dallas 3 of 7, Denver 1 of 7, Detroit 9 of 9, Green Bay 9 of 11, Houston 5 of 9, Indianapolis 6 of 7, Jacksonville 1 of 8, Kansas City 4 of 8.

Miami 5 of 9, Minnesota 6/9, New England 4/7, New Orleans 5/5, N.Y. Giants 4/7, N.Y. Jets 4/7, Oakland 0/10, Philadelphia 5/8, Pittsburgh 2/9, St. Louis 0/7, San Diego 5/6, San Francisco 5/11, Seattle 9/11, Tampa Bay 4/6, Tennessee 0/8, Washington 6/7.

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