Via Pro Football Talk
Richardson is waiting for other top picks to sign
On Monday night, Browns G.M. Tom Heckert said that the team has not had extensive negotiations with running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the draft. “I think he wants to wait for some other [top picks to sign],” Heckert said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. “They’ll all get done. It’s not a concern at all.”
It’s not a concern yet. But there’s no reason for any delay. In the top five, three of the players — Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at No. 2, Richardson at No. 3, and Vikings tackle Matt Kalil at No. 4 — are each represented by CAA. It could be that CAA wants Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to set the ceiling at No. 1 and Jags receiver Justin Blackmon to set the floor at No. 5 before working out the deals for Griffin, Richardson, and Kalil in between
In years past, even talking about signing deals before the 4th of July was unheard of. Now, many rookies are agreeing to terms and inking deals as OTA's begin. Former Bama DB Dre Kirkpatrick is one of nine first rounders to have already signed.