Packers Sign Three Draft Picks

Their final selections of draft, guard Marshall Newhouse, running back James Starks and defensive end C.J. Wilson, sign four-year deals.

The Green Bay Packers followed their typical pattern under general manager Ted Thompson by signing some late-round draft picks during the week of the minicamp.

The team announced the signings of guard Marshall Newhouse, running back James Starks and defensive end C.J. Wilson on Wednesday.

Terms were not announced but, as the team normally does with its non-first-round picks, they all received four-year deals. A source told Packer Report that all three deals received the minimum base contracts of $320,000 this season, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013. The difference would be in the signing bonuses. Based on other rookie contracts, Newhouse received a signing bonus worth about $127,000, Starks about $101,000 and Wilson about $50,000.

Newhouse was the second of the team's fifth-round picks. A three-year starter at left tackle for TCU, Newhouse has played both guard spots during offseason workouts.

Starks was the team's sixth-round draft pick. He sat out his senior season at Buffalo because of shoulder surgery but is the school's career leader in rushing yards (3,140) and rushing touchdowns (34) despite playing only three seasons.

Wilson was the seventh-round pick. He played in 54 games, including 37 starts, and finished with 27 sacks and 45.5 tackles for losses. He posted 10.5 sacks as a junior, when he was named Conference USA's defensive MVP.

Still unsigned: first-rounder Bryan Bulaga, second-rounder Mike Neal, third-rounder Morgan Burnett and the first of the fifth-rounders, Andrew Quarless.

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