BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22: Ron Brooks #13 of the LSU Tigers intercepts a pass intended for DeAngelo Benton #3 of the Auburn Tigers during the game at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With the Buffalo Bills' rookie minicamp set to get under way Friday, the team has signed six of their nine draft choices. The team announced the signings Thursday evening, and as per club policy, terms of the deal were undisclosed. They are all likely four years in length.
Agreeing to deals were the final six selections of the draft: fourth-round picks linebacker Nigel Bradham and cornerback Ron Brooks, fifth-round picks tackle Zebrie Sanders and linebacker Tank Carder, sixth-round pick guard Mark Asper, and seventh-round pick kicker John Potter. The rookies signed their deals shortly after arriving in town.
The Bills now have just three remaining unsigned draft choices in cornerback Stephon Gilmore, left tackle Cordy Glenn and wide receiver T.J. Graham. All three should be in attendance at minicamp despite the absence of a contract. As participants without contracts, they will sign injury waivers.
Parameters for Gilmore's deal are one step closer to being set, as ninth overall selection Luke Kuechly and the Carolina Panthers agreed on a deal, according to Adam Schefter. Kuechly, who signed a fully guaranteed four-year, $12.58 million deal, was picked one spot ahead of Gilmore.
In 2010, the last "normal" off-season before last year's lockout and subsequent new CBA, Buffalo didn't get their sixth rookie under contract until June 16th. This is a welcome change of pace.