Packers Expect to Have All 8 Draft Picks Signed by Friday

With the new CBA in place, Russ Ball's job with rookie contracts got a lot easier. All eight 2012 picks are expected to be signed before mini camp Friday.

With a rookie wage scale in place thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) put in place last summer, signing draft picks is no longer a chore for Packers negotiator Russ Ball.

The deals are now "no brainers," according to what Ball told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette Tuesday.

Demovsky was also told by a league source this week that the Packers expect to have all eight draft picks signed by the start of rookie camp, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

Although the Packers haven’t announced any signings yet, a league source said Packers contract negotiator Russ Ball expects to have all eight draft picks signed before rookie minicamp starts on Friday.

As Demovsky states, the new CBA slots rookie contracts, leaving little to no room for either side to negotiate the deals. Instead of seeing long rookie holdouts that last into training camps, most first-year players league-wide are likely to have signed deals soon after the NFL draft.

The eight picks expected to be signed: Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward, Mike Daniels, Jerron McMillian, Terrell Manning, Andrew Datko and B.J. Coleman.

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May 08, 2012 at 04:21 pm

Found it really interesting what Demovsky said on twitter, that rumor was the Packers liked to wait till right before training camp to sign rookies, so they didn't have time to spend their money...

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May 08, 2012 at 05:25 pm

That's kind of a bogus statement... It's my understanding that Agents already commonly provide perks for their clients.

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