Rookie signing woes still exist for Dolphins, Bills


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The checklist of unsigned AFC East rookies got marked up nicely Wednesday.

The New England Patriots signed long snapper Jake Ingram, a sixth-round pick. New England's lone unsigned draftee is outside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who suffered a season-ending knee injury at rookie minicamp.

The New York Jets locked up their three draft picks long ago.

The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are the only clubs left with notable concerns, and the Bills are in substantially better shape than they were a few days ago.

The Bills announced they've signed the 28th and 42nd picks, guard Eric Wood and defensive back Jairus Byrd. Sunday night, the Bills signed second-round pick Andy Levitre, who should start at guard with Wood.

That leaves only defensive end Aaron Maybin without a contract.

Maybin likely will take a while. He was the 11th overall pick, sandwiched between San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos back Knowshon Moreno.

To maximize Maybin's contract, it's a safe bet his agent, Joel Segal, will wait until Crabtree and Moreno have signed. Both are expected to be contributors for their teams and don't appear on the verge of signing.

Bills fans are familiar with Crabtree's hardball-playing agent, Eugene Parker, who represents Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Parker's tactics forced the Bills into trading Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles this spring.

The Dolphins have three draft deals to hammer out, but their camp doesn't open until Sunday, the latest of any AFC club.

Still unattached are cornerback Vontae Davis (25th overall), quarterback Pat White (second-round) and safety Chris Clemons (fifth round).