2009 NFL Draft First Rounders Starting to Sign

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 4th, 23 of the 32 first round picks have signed.  The latest player was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin who agreed to a 5-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, including surprisingly 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 (3rd 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 (6-years, $72 million; $41.7 million guaranteed)
2. St. Louis – OT Jason Smith, Baylor – Signed (5-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 (5-years; $50.5M real/$60M max; $28M guaranteed)
6. Cincinnati – OT Andre Smith, Alabama (Unsigned)
7. Oakland – WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland – Signed (5-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 (5-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 (5-years, $13.4M; $9.9M guaranteed)
17. Tampa Bay – QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State – Signed (5-years, $36M; $10.245M guaranteed)
18. Denver – DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee – Agreed to terms (5-years, terms undisclosed; $9.7M guaranteed)
19. Philadelphia  – WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri – Agreed to terms (5-years, $15.5M; $9.5M guaranteed)
20. Detroit – TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State – Signed (5-years, $14.6M max; $9.4M guaranteed)
21. Cleveland – OC Alex Mack, California – Signed (5-years, $11.3M; $8.9M guaranteed)
22. Minnesota – WR Percy Harvin, Florida – Signed (5-years, $14.28M max; $8.5M guaranteed)
23. Baltimore – OT Michael Oher, Mississippi – Signed (5-years, $13.795M max; $7.8M guaranteed)
24. Atlanta – DT, Peria Jerry, Mississippi – Signed (5-years, $13.25M max; $7.55M guaranteed)
25. Miami – CB Vontae Davis, Illinois – Agreed to terms (5-years, terms undisclosed)
26. Green Bay – LB Clay Matthews, USC – Signed (5-years, $13.25M max)
27. Indianapolis – RB Donald Brown, UCONN – Signed (5-years, terms undisclosed)
28. Buffalo – OC Eric Wood, Louisville – Signed (5-years, $13M max.)
29. NY Giants – WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina – Signed (5-years, $12.5M; $6.5M guaranteed)
30. Tennessee – WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers – Signed (5-years, $12.25M; $6.5M guaranteed)
31. Arizona – RB Chris Wells, Ohio State – Agreed to terms (5-years, $11.8M max.; $6.345M guaranteed)
32. Pittsburgh – DE Ziggy Hood, Missouri – Signed (5-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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