The Browns' first rookie training camp practice started yesterday with one problem: not one drafted rookie showed up. "I don't know that I've ever seen that - not on any team I've ever been on," coach Butch Davis told the Plain Dealer. "You'd have liked to think we'd have a couple of guys signed. I know we're being very aggressive and very fair. Cleveland has a history of paying very well, so hopefully we'll be able to get this done." He also threatened that some of the later-round picks wouldn’t make the team if they held out. "We've got some damn good competition and we're going to cut some guys that are pretty good for the first time. Every practice is an opportunity to make an impression on us and you're not going to make many impressions sitting at home." The veteran’s report to camp on Friday.
It’s become a waiting game in the NFL. Agents are stalling for other players to sign first, teams want to know the size of the ballpark before throwing out offers to players, and the rookies are persuaded to hold out for better deals by their agents. Multi-million dollar deals are so complicated these days, aren’t they? In the long run, only the lower-round draft picks will be affected. Their chances of making the team get worse by the day and should sign as soon as possible.