Five of Eight picks come to terms

As camp grows another week closer, the Carolina Panthers are hard at work already getting their latest crew of draft picks signed and ready to work in the hot Spartanburg sun. The Panthers have come to terms with five of their eight draft picks already, including linebacker James Anderson and offensive tackle Rashad Butler, both third round picks.

Defensive end Stanley McClover and center Will Montgomery have both come to terms as well. Tight end Jeff King, who was drafted in the fifth round, was the first player to officially sign his contract on Wednesday.

The only outstanding players left to sign are first round pick DeAngelo Williams, a running back out of Memphis, Richard Marshall, the second round pick out of Fresno State and Nate Salley, a safety from Ohio State.

Typically, under the Fox/Hurney regime, the Panthers' draftees miss little or no time at training camp. The Panthers put a premium on getting into camp on time. In the entire history of the Carolina Panthers, only three rookies have ever held out: 1996 first round pick Tshimanga Biakabutuka, 1998 first round pick Jason Peter and 2003 second round pick Bruce Nelson. All three players never lived up to their potential and had their careers ended prematurely by severe injuries.

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