Signing shortly after the team began to apply unsubtle pressure through the press, Thompson becomes the third draft choice to ink a five-year deal. Thompson will undoubtedly report to camp quickly as the team has suggested that weeks of practice that he has missed will make it difficult for him to win a starting role.
Remaining to be signed are Chris Crocker, Lee Suggs, Michael Lehan, and Antonio Garay. All are being forced by the team's management to sign a five-year deal, or face the possibility that they would sit out a year.
The hard-line negotiating stance, designed to delay the players entering free agency, is being watched closely across the NFL. Neither Faine or Thompson would view the five-year deals as problematic, as longer-term deals are typical for higher-round draft picks who receive large signing bonuses.
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