D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC tweeted that the Falcons have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with linebacker Akeem Dent, the team’s third round pick of this past year’s draft class. Earlier today, the Falcons came to terms with three of their other picks. It leaves only top pick Julio Jones and fifth rounder Jacquizz Rodgers as the team’s only unsigned rookies.
A deal for both unsigned rookies is likely imminent given that several of the players around where they were picked have signed and the slotting system that tends to surround draft pick signings. Jones was taken sixth overall, and this past year’s seventh overall choice, San Francisco 49er linebacker Aldon Smith has already agreed to a four-year, $14.4 million deal. Also the fourth overall choice, Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green has also signed a four-year, $19.7 million deal.
Rodgers was the 145th overall pick in the draft, and picks No. 146 through 151 have all signed contracts, as well as pick No. 143 (Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Thomas).
All rookies as part of the new labor agreement will receive four-year deals. Teams will however have the option to add a fifth year to the deals of first round picks. Since Jones was a top-ten draft selection, his option will amount to the average of the ten most highly paid wide receivers in 2015.
UPDATE: Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Dent agreed to a four-year deal worth $2.76 million, and included a signing bonus of slightly under $543,000.