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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Ravens making quick work of rookie deals

By Jamison Hensley

Four days after the NFL draft ended, the Baltimore Ravens nearly have half of their draft class under contract.

The Ravens have signed four of the nine players drafted: tight end Crockett Gillmore (third round), guard-center John Urschel (fifth round), quarterback Keith Wenning (sixth round) and wide receiver Michael Campanaro (seventh round). All the picks agreed to four-year deals.

Only the Chicago Bears, who have signed six draft picks, have made quicker work of their rookie deals. The rookie wage scale implemented by the 2011 collective bargaining agreement between the league and players’ union simplified and quickened the process of signing draft picks.

In 2012, the Ravens had their entire draft class under contract before the start of rookie minicamp. Last year, the Ravens had all but one draft pick signed by early June. The only exception was safety Matt Elam, the Ravens' first-round pick who negotiated his deal without an agent and signed a week before training camp.

The Ravens will likely sign more draft picks before the start of their three-day rookie minicamp on Friday.

DRAFT PICKS SIGNED

TE Crockett Gillmore (third round): four years, $2.906 million contract, including a $606,376 signing bonus

G-C John Urschel (fifth round): four years, $2.364 million, including a $144,560 signing bonus

QB Keith Wenning (sixth round): four years, $2.324 million, including a $104,072 signing bonus

WR Michael Campanaro (seventh round): four years, $2.287 million, including a $67,500 signing bonus

DRAFT PICKS UNSIGNED

ILB C.J. Mosley (first round)

DT Timmy Jernigan (second round)

FS Terrence Brooks (third round)

DT Brent Urban (fourth round)

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (fourth round)