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Rookie contracts now a high priority

Originally Published: July 3, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

With only three prospects signed from the first two rounds of this year's draft, including quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (Detroit) and Mark Sanchez (New York Jets), the really big numbers remain a challenge for the men charged with negotiating rookie contracts.

The smaller numbers, however, have been pretty impressive to date.

As of Thursday evening, 100 of the 256 players chosen in the 2009 lottery had reached agreements, although 53 of them in the sixth (20) and seventh rounds ...

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