The Green Bay Packers signed their first pick in this year’s draft, cornerback Kevin King, on Thursday.
The date is noteworthy. The last time the Packers traded out of the first round was 2008, when they landed receiver Jordy Nelson at No. 36 overall. Nelson signed his contract on July 27 — the date the players reported to Green Bay for the start of training camp. King, the 33rd overall selection, signed his contract exactly 11 weeks earlier than Nelson.
This is the sixth full year of the collective bargaining agreement. With rookie contracts slotted under the terms of the CBA, the race to sign draft picks before the start of training camp is ancient history. Still, even the signing of King is early. For instance, Green Bay inked 2016 first-round pick Kenny Clark on June 17, 2015 first-round pick Damarious Randall on June 16 and 2014 first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on May 29. Datone Jones, the first-round pick in 2013, wasn't signed until July 24. Nick Perry, the top pick in 2012 and part of the first class with slotted contracts, signed on May 11.
King’s four-year deal should be worth about $7.08 million and include a signing bonus of almost $3.29 million.
Last week, Green Bay signed its final five draft picks: fifth-rounders DeAngelo Yancey and Aaron Jones, sixth-rounder Kofi Amichia and seventh-rounders Devante Mays and Malachi Dupre. Their four-year contracts range from Yancey’s $2,623,900 to Dupre’s $2,466,636.
The four unsigned picks are second-round safety Josh Jones, third-round defensive tackle Montravius Adams, fourth-round outside linebacker Vince Biegel and fourth-round running back Jamaal Williams.
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