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Packers Sign Top Draft Pick Kevin King

The Green Bay Packers signed their final five 2017 draft picks last week — that is, the players drafted in the lowest rounds. They signed their top pick on Thursday.

The Packers finalized the agreement for their first second-round pick, cornerback Kevin King, the team announced.

While all of these rookie contracts are essentially formalities, the Packers’ top pick is typically the last to sign. Last year, first-round pick Kenny Clark didn’t sign until well into June.

The difference here is the Packers didn’t have a first-round pick after trading out of the round during the draft. And that may be good and bad.

Despite the rules of collective bargaining agreement and rookie salary pool, first-rounders typically take longer to sign. In 2016, Chargers rookie Joey Bosa actually held out over the language in his contract.

The downside, of course, if King turns out to be a solid player is the Packers don’t have the fifth-year team option they would have had with a first-round pick.

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  1. Kato May 11, 2017

    *yawn* What do you guys think, is it worth bringing in Daryl Washington? Little to no signing bonus, and see if he can still play. Howard? PF4L?

    1. Howard May 11, 2017

      I believe in second chances, but three years out of the league sure is a long time. That must mean multiple failed tests. It may be worth a flier for no bonus money. I have read Washington does not want to play for the minimum.

      How often has a player came back from a multiple year suspension, and when they do it is usually with the team they were under contract before the suspension? To me it raises an additional red flag that Arizona didn’t want to see what he had. I don’t think they would have been out any more than they already paid him in bonus money. It is also possible Washington may not be fully reinstated at the start of the regular season. That is why I say no bonus money.