(ALLEN PARK) – It is that time of the year again when rookies (and especially first round draft picks) holdout of training camp in attempt to garner a larger contract. The Lions have a rookie salary pool of $ 4.9 million dollars to sign all nine of their rookies.
Detroit has already come to terms with third round pick Andre Goodman to a three-year contract worth $1.4 million. Goodman, a former South Carolina standout at cornerback, has a lot of talent and speed, something that the Lions need in their secondary.
The Lions and seventh-rounders Matt Murphy and Victor Rogers are close to signing contracts, both contracts could be done very soon.
There is some word out of Detroit that the Lions and second round draft pick Kalimba Edwards could be coming to terms very soon.
There is some talk that the Lions first round pick Joey Harrington, who's agent David Dunn and the team have had some good talks with could be at Allen Park later this week, even if he doesn't have a contract. All the quarterbacks have been asked to report early by head coach Marty Mornhinweg before all the other players' report. NFL rules don't allow rookies to be at training camp before they sign a contract but since it would be just the quarterbacks that would report it wouldn't be an official start of training camp, allowing Harrington to participate without a contract.
The Lions have spoken with all nine of their rookies' agent's and there is positive feedback that all nine will be under contract by the time training camp starts.