Karen Guregian from the Boston Globe reports that the New England Partiots expect their first round selection to be signed and in camp July 29th.
The representative for Patriots first-round draft pick Devin McCourty indicated yesterday he was confident a deal would get done and the promising defensive back would be present for the start of training camp on July 29 in Foxboro.
“There’s not a lot to discuss or report at this point, but we are speaking and have been the last couple of weeks,” Andy Simms said. “Obviously, it’s a slow process. There’s some issues with the pending lockout, and working with option bonuses, but we’ve pretty much have figured out the best way to structure the deal and I’m very optimistic we’re going to get a deal done on time and I think the Patriots would say the same thing.”
Now nothing has been signed yet, but Devin McCourty was the 27th selection. With Dez Bryant at 24 signed, nothing is stopping this deal. The real issue in negotiations is the pending work stoppage of 2011. Rookies bonuses are usually split between the first paycheck in their rookie year and the start of the next year. The start of the next year looks to be a lockout date. No team wants to pay money on the lockout date and no rookie wants to have money tangled up in the lockout. Some manuvering around this is what they are working on.
My guess is 12 of the 16 lower first round draft selections will be signed and in camp. This year is moving nicely. Will it be possible to see Tyson Alualu in camp day one? A remote possibility, but a possibility. If he wants to get the deal done, he will be there.
- Terry O’Brien