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Packers begin signing draft picks

GREEN BAY, Wis. – On Tuesday afternoon, we received word from an agent for one of the Green Bay Packers' draft picks that the team will start doing its rookie deals shortly.

A day later, that has come to fruition.

The first one to sign was former University of Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis, a fifth-round pick (No. 176 overall).

ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates reported that the deal was signed on Wednesday.

Abbrederis’ agent, Rick Smith, confirmed that his client signed.

The next one to sign could be center Corey Linsley, another fifth-round pick, who as of late Tuesday evening was close to getting his deal done.

It's possible most of the Packers' nine draft picks could be under contract before the rookie orientation camp begins on Friday. The draft picks plus the 14 undrafted free agents who signed this week reported to Lambeau Field on Monday to begin workouts.