Found May 04, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Through Friday morning, two choices from last weekend's draft, wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (Chicago) and Stephen Hill (New York Jets), already had signed their initial NFL contracts. Both players are second-rounders, but that is coincidental only, and rookie signings in general likely will be much quicker this year. This is the second year of the new CBA and the rookie wage scale means there is very little wiggle room for agents to negotiate -- indeed, top overall selection Andrew Luck probably get a deal with the exact same signing bonus ($14.518 million) as Cam Newton, the first pick in 2011 -- and so there isn't much reason to wait. That Jeffery was the first player in the league to agree to terms from among the 253 players chosen in the draft shouldn't be too surprising. Bears' senior director of football administration Cliff Stein, a onetime agent who has worked both sides of the bargaining table, annually is among the first in the league to have his ...
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