Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Draft pick movement in Denver, not K.C.
By Bill Williamson
The Denver Broncos have signed all of their draft picks on the eve of training camp, while the highest player picked in the division remains unsigned and it appears he is not close to doing so.
John Elway tweeted that quarterback Brock Osweiler (second round) and running back Ronnie Hillman (third) have signed their contracts. Denver reports to camp Wednesday and now has everyone under contract. Osweiler will likely be the third quarterback, while Hillman has a chance to be a contributor out of the backfield.
The news is not as good in Kansas City. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Chiefs and Dontari Poe are “not close” to a contract. The Chiefs report to camp Thursday.
In the world of NFL contracts, two days is a long time, especially when deadlines are involved. Both Poe and the team know how important it is for him to be signed in time. Because of the new CBA, there really is no excuse for any rookie not to be signed. If Poe is not with the Chiefs when they begin practice later this week, it will be a mark on both the team and Poe.
The only other two rookies who are unsigned are Oakland guard Tony Bergstrom (third) and receiver Juron Criner (fifth). The Raiders open camp Monday.
In other AFC West news:
In a radio interview, Denver linebacker Joe Mays talks about his experience visiting victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting.
In a video, Elway discusses what he expects from quarterback Peyton Manning.