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Saturday, July 24, 2010
Pats' 2nd-round picks all close to deals

By Mike Reiss

Patriots rookies are scheduled to report Sunday and there has been significant progress in negotiations with the team's three second-round picks, according to sources.

The progress has been such that it would not be surprising if tight end Rob Gronkowski, outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and linebacker Brandon Spikes all sign contracts by the end of the weekend.

With Gronkowski, Cunningham and Spikes all on the verge of signing contracts, that would leave first-round draft choice Devin McCourty as the Patriots' lone unsigned pick.