New deals, new worries for Colts and old-timers in a rage

From the new rage in contracts to new concerns in Indy to the old guard wondering what went wrong, Len Pasquarelli covers it all in his Tip Sheet notes.

Originally Published: June 1, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli |
On June 1 a year ago, there were only two of 255 picks signed from the entire 2006 draft class, Houston defensive end Mario Williams, the top overall choice, and Pittsburgh fourth-round offensive lineman Willie Colon. As of Thursday night, however, slightly more than 10 percent of the players chosen in this year's lottery, 26 of 255 prospects, either had signed their rookie contracts or agreed to terms on deals.

Even though most of the accords were with middle- and late-round choices -- there are only five deals done with first-day selections, all in the third round, and the highest-drafted player to have signed is Dolphins' tailback Lorenzo Booker, the 71st player taken -- the quick start is a promising one.