Monday, June 2, 2014
Broncos sign three rookies; two more close
By Jeff Legwold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos had expected to have all, or most, of their NFL draft class signed before this past weekend was out, but on the doorstep of no real deadline because of the rookie wage scale, they wrapped up talks with three of the six-player class Monday. And the Broncos are close to deals with two more.
Wide receiver Cody Latimer, a second-round pick, center Matt Paradis, a sixth-round pick, and linebacker Corey Nelson all signed four-year deals with the team Monday. The Broncos were closing in on four-year deals for tackle Michael Schofield, a third-round pick, and linebacker Lamin Barrow, a fifth-round pick, as well Monday and those deals could be completed as early as Tuesday.
The Broncos began negotiating with the draft class in earnest last Wednesday.
Talks continue with cornerback Bradley Roby’s representatives. Roby was the team’s first-round pick, the 31st pick overall. 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, will 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.