First-day flash finish: Woods inks deal

Terry Donahue walked off the practice field early Friday evening with two words that spoke volumes. "We're done!" exclaimed the 49ers general manager, who – for the third time in four years – had all the team's draft picks signed by the opening day of training camp. But this time, it was a coup. At noon Friday, Donahue said it could take another "48 hours" before first-round pick Rashaun Woods was under contract. Just hours later, the Niners had Woods' name on a five-year, $6.25 million deal.

Woods was the last of San Francisco's 10 draft picks to sign. Earlier in the day, second-round pick Justin Smiley inked a four-year contract and third-round pick Derrick Hamilton signed a three-year deal.

The completion of the Woods deal – which included $3.85 million in signing and option bonuses – concluded a whirlwind two-day period for Donahue and his staff which included signing second-round pick Shawntae Spencer to a five-year deal and fourth-round pick Isaac Sopoaga to a four-year deal.

Smiley and Hamilton both participated in Friday's late afternoon practice session. Woods was at the team facility in Santa Clara late Friday, but he did not participate in the afternoon session as the final details and legal terms of his contract were finalized. Donahue said Woods would be in uniform for Saturday's morning practice.

While Donahue gave credit to the team's salary-cap administrative crew of Dominic Corsell, Paraag Marathe and Terry Tumey for getting all the draft picks signed by the first day of camp, he said the biggest benefit of getting the top young prospects in on time is felt by the team's coaches.

"We're excited that it's done and happy it worked out well," Donahue said. "The fact that coach (Dennis) Erickson has a chance now to have all his players but one in camp, I think, will be a real advantage to our coaches. I think it's a big relief for our coaches. When you're coaching your team, you want your players out here, you want to be able to teach and have people in your meeting rooms and do all the things that you want to do as a coach. I think that helps you and it takes a lot of pressure off your coaches and it also just makes for better relations, in that coaches aren't wondering why guys aren't in camp and stuff like that."

Since Donahue took over from Bill Walsh as San Francisco general manager in 2001, the team has failed to have all its draft picks signed by the first day of training camp only once. That was in 2002, when first-rounder Mike Rumph signed on the second day of camp and missed the first two days of practice.

"I'm pleased that over the past four years we have not struggled getting our draft picks in camp," Donahue said. "We really haven't. We've gotten them in and gotten them in in a timely manner. … The guys that represented the players (this year) did a good job. It was a tough negotiation on every one of them. But as you all know, a lot of them are slotted. Eventually, you can figure out that, hey, with a little give and take, you can get this thing done fairly quickly."

The 49ers signed fourth-round pick Richard Seigler and sixth-rounder Andy Lee to three-year contracts on Thursday. Earlier in the week, seventh-rounder Cody Pickett signed a three-year, $957,500 deal and seventh-rounder Christian Ferrara was inked to a three-year, $951,880 deal. Sixth-rounder Keith Lewis signed a three-year, $974,000 deal weeks ago.


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