Sep 14, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Corey Nelson (7) during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma won 51-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
It seems like it’s been a long, long time since the 2014 NFL Draft ended, and up until Monday, the Denver Broncos hadn’t signed any of their six picks.
The Broncos reportedly had been working hard at signing their rookies starting last Wednesday, and came to terms on Monday with second round pick Cody Latimer (WR, Indiana), sixth round pick Matt Paradis (C, Boise State), and seventh round pick Corey Nelson (LB, Oklahoma).
John Elway’s strategy in signing draft picks is a far cry from what the Chicago Bears did, having wrapped up signing their entire draft class less than a week after the draft ended.
The biggest name here is Latimer, who is being limited at OTAs with his foot injury, and missed the first part anyway while representing the Broncos at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere out in Los Angeles. Needless to say, on Monday he was a happy camper.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, the Broncos are also close to reaching an agreement with fifth round pick Lamin Barrow and third round pick Michael Schofield, which could come as soon as Tuesday.
They are also working on ironing out the contract for Bradley Roby, the team’s first round pick.
With the CBA the way it is, the parameters for rookie deals are already in place. The fact that deals are being signed is hardly news but we felt like you would appreciate being updated anyway.