Only five first-round draft picks – Houston's Mario Williams (No. 1 overall), the New York Jets' D'Brickashaw Ferguson (No. 4), Oakland's Michael Huff (No. 7), Cleveland's Kamerion Wimbley (No. 13) and San Diego's Antonio Cromartie (No. 19) – came to terms with their respective teams before Thursday.
For the Vikings, Cromartie's signing may be the most important since he was the 19th pick overall and Chad Greenway was the Vikings' first-round selection at No. 17. Cromartie reportedly signed a five-year deal worth $12.75 million with $7.35 in guaranteed money.
A five-year deal is the maximum length for picks 17 through 32 this year, and some first-round players may try to have their final year become an option year in order to reach free agency – and therefore the higher dollars for the better players – sooner.
Wimbley, chosen at No. 13 overall, signed a six-year deal (as allowed for the first 16 picks) worth as much as $23.7 million, but the sixth year of his contract is a buy-back year, which means if he reaches certain incentives he can opt out of the sixth year but the team could purchase it back for more. His deal reportedly includes $9.3 million in guarantees.
Greenway's deal, whenever it gets done, should more closely mirror Cromartie's five-year contract, presumably with a bit more guaranteed money. It cannot be a six-year deal, according to the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Greenway has agreed to the basic structure of a contract and could sign his deal Thursday morning, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings' last of three second-round picks, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, came to terms with the team Thursday. Nineteen of the 32 second-round picks have agreed to terms, including the Vikings' Cedric Griffin (No. 48 overall) and Ryan Cook (No. 51 overall).
Jackson, the 64th overall selection and the last pick of the second round, didn't have a second-round pick close to him that was signed when he agreed to terms Thursday. Beyond being a four-year deal, terms of his contract were not available. As the 32nd pick in the round, the closest pick in the same round that is now signed is Jacksonville's Maurice Drew, the 28th pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His four-year deal is worth a reported $2.8 million. Chicago's Devin Hester, chosen 25th in the second round, was signed before Jackson and reportedly has a four-year deal worth as much as $2.86 million with $1.25 million in bonus money.
Right below Jackson, however, in the third round, are Charles Spencer and Eric Winston, both of whom are signed with Houston. Spencer signed a four-year deal worth $2.22 million with $610,000 in bonuses while Winston signed a four-year, $2.218 million contract with $608,000 in bonuses, according to ESPN.com.