Denied! Three Draftees' Contracts Disallowed

According to a league source, the contracts of Spencer Adkins, Chris Owens, and Garrett Reynolds were disapproved by the NFL earlier this week. It's not known exactly what the source of the disapproval was, but a source told's Adam Caplan that the issues were minor and all three contracts should be approved by early next week.

Reynolds' four-year deal was supposed to be worth roughly over $1.93 million with a signing bonus of just over $180,000. Reynolds was selected with the 20th pick in the fifth round. The 6-8, 309-pound tackle is the nephew of veteran linebacker Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds, who played 15 seasons in the NFL. The only offensive player selected by the Falcons in the 2009 draft, Reynolds will start his NFL career behind Tyson Clabo in the depth chart. He graded out as North Carolina's top offensive lineman in 2008.

Third-round cornerback Owens agreed to a contract that provided a $688,000 signing bonus and minimum salaries over that four-year period. Owens (5-10, 182) was the 90th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft out of San Jose State, where he was All-Western Conference in 2008. During his career with the Spartans, Owens intercepted 13 passes, fourth on the school's all-time list.

Sixth-round pick Adkins signed recently, though terms of his contract are not known at this time. During his career at the University of Miami, Adkins appeared in 31 games, making 72 tackles (10 for loss), 5 quarterback sacks, and 1 interception. At 5-11 and 246 pounds, Adkins is undersized but opened some eyes with a sub-4.5 time in the 40 during his Pro Day at the "U". His speed could make him a valuable member of an already stellar Falcons' special teams unit.

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