Golden Tate's contract situation could be clearing up
While it might be difficult for the Seahawks to get first-round draft picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas signed in time for the start of training camp Saturday, circumstances are setting up to clarify things concerning negotiations with second-round pick Golden Tate.
Only one of the NFL's 32 first-round picks have signed, that being Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, the 24th overall selection.
Okung was the sixth pick in the first round and Thomas was selected 14th. Both will move immediately into Seattle's starting lineup once they sign, but with uncertainties involving the collective bargaining agreement, negotiations among first-round picks are extremely slow league-wide at this point.
Only seven of the 32 second-round picks have signed as well, but in the Seahawks' favor is that several of those sandwich Tate's position as the 60th overall election, which should help set the salary slot for the Notre Dame receiver.
The Cleveland Browns on Monday signed Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty to a four-year, $3.372 million deal with $1.572 million guaranteed. Hardesty was picked 59th, one spot ahead of Tate.
The New York Jets previously signed Massachusetts tackle Vladimir Ducasse, the 61st selection, to a four-year, $3.225 million deal with $1.435 million guaranteed.
Logically, Tate's deal will fall between those two contracts.
The Baltimore Ravens also helped solidify the market Monday by inking defensive tackle Terrence Cody of Alabama, the 57th pick, for four years at $3.385 million with $1.595 million guaranteed.