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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Broncos to sign draft picks by week's end

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As the Denver Broncos players work through the first set of OTAs this week, the front office is expected to get busy on signing the team's draft class as well.

While several teams have made significant progress on that front, the Broncos haven't signed any of the six players in this year's draft class, a class led by cornerback Bradley Roby, who was the 31st pick of the draft, and wide receiver Cody Latimer, the Broncos' second-round pick. However, the Broncos will begin negotiations in earnest Wednesday and their hope is to have the deals wrapped up by the end of the week.

There isn't much haggling to be done beyond various incentives and/or performance bonuses since the rookie wage scale has most of the deals slotted in to closely resemble what draft picks got last year. Roby, as a first-round pick is expected to get a four-year deal with a fifth-round option that is held by the team. Last year's 31st pick of the draft, Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick, signed a four-year, $6.870 million deal that included a $3.38 million signing bonus.

Frederick also had the base salaries in the first three years of the deal guaranteed.

Latimer was the 56th pick of this year's draft. Last year's 56th pick, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown signed a four-year, $3.55 million deal that included a $964,896 signing bonus. Brown also had his base salary this past season guaranteed as well just over $400,000 of his 2014 base salary.