2009 NFL Draft First-Rounders Starting to Sign

LVCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs during minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

After a rather slow first couple of weeks where many first-round draft selections from the 2009 NFL Draft were not in camp, this week has been a different story.  As of August 4, 23 of the 32 first-round picks have signed. 

The latest player to sign was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who agreed to a five-year deal for $15.5 million with $9.5 million guaranteed.  Maclin’s signing is good news to Eagles fans as everyone knows the explosive receiver is making a big adjustment going from a spread-option offense to a professional West Coast system.

Overall there are only 13 total players, surprisingly including a couple of later round picks from the 256 players selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, that remain unsigned.  Hopefully none of the rookies will throw away their first season by holding out like Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell in 2007.  But my guess is that Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson (third overall) and Bengals OT Andre Smith (5th overall) will be the last first-rounders in the door.

2009 NFL Draft – First Round Picks Status (23 out of 32)

1. Detroit – QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia – Signed (six years, $72M; $41.7M guaranteed)
2. St. Louis – OT Jason Smith, Baylor – Signed (five years, $62M max; $33M guaranteed)
3. Kansas City – DE Tyson Jackson, LSU (Unsigned)
4. Seattle – LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest (Unsigned)
5. NY Jets  - QB Mark Sanchez, USC – Signed (five years; $50.5M real/$60M max; $28M guaranteed)
6. Cincinnati – OT Andre Smith, Alabama (Unsigned)
7. Oakland – WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland – Signed (five years, $38.25M real/$54M max; $23.5M guaranteed)
8. Jacksonville – OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia (Unsigned)
9. Green Bay – DT B.J. Raji, Boston College (Unsigned)
10. San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (Unsigned)
11. Buffalo – DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State (Unsigned)
12. Denver – RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (Unsigned)
13. Washington – DE Brian Orakpo, Texas – Signed (five years, $20M; $12.1M guaranteed)
14. New Orleans – CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State (Unsigned)
15. Houston – LB Brian Cushing, USC – Signed (Terms undisclosed)
16. San Diego – LB Larry English, Northern Illinois – Signed (five years, $13.4M; $9.9M guaranteed)
17. Tampa Bay – QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State – Signed (five years, $36M; $10.245M guaranteed)
18. Denver – DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee – Agreed to terms (five years, terms undisclosed; $9.7M guaranteed)
19. Philadelphia  – WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri – Agreed to terms (five years, $15.5M; $9.5M guaranteed)
20. Detroit – TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State – Signed (five years, $14.6M max; $9.4M guaranteed)
21. Cleveland – OC Alex Mack, California – Signed (five years, $11.3M; $8.9M guaranteed)
22. Minnesota – WR Percy Harvin, Florida – Signed (five years, $14.28M max; $8.5M guaranteed)
23. Baltimore – OT Michael Oher, Mississippi – Signed (five years, $13.795M max; $7.8M guaranteed)
24. Atlanta – DT, Peria Jerry, Mississippi – Signed (five years, $13.25M max; $7.55M guaranteed)
25. Miami – CB Vontae Davis, Illinois – Agreed to terms (five years, terms undisclosed)
26. Green Bay – LB Clay Matthews, USC – Signed (five years, $13.25M max)
27. Indianapolis – RB Donald Brown, UCONN – Signed (five years, terms undisclosed)
28. Buffalo – OC Eric Wood, Louisville – Signed (five years, $13M max.)
29. NY Giants – WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina – Signed (five years, $12.5M; $6.5M guaranteed)
30. Tennessee – WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers – Signed (five years, $12.25M; $6.5M guaranteed)
31. Arizona – RB Chris Wells, Ohio State – Agreed to terms (five years, $11.8M max.; $6.345M guaranteed)
32. Pittsburgh – DE Ziggy Hood, Missouri – Signed (five years, $11.3M max.; $6.1M guaranteed)

Other Unsigned Rookies

75. Dallas – OT Robert Brewster, Ball State

97. New England (comp) – LB Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida

118. New Orleans  - LB Stanley Arnoux, Wake Forest

224. San Diego – WR Demetrius Byrd, LSU 



Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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