The Kansas City Chiefs still have three unsigned rookies at this stage of the offseason, but there’s no drama behind the lack of contracts.
It should be clear to everyone at this point that the era of drama when it comes to rookie contracts has come and gone. The National Football League’s collective bargaining agreement made sure that the old days of rookie holdouts and drama about taking a particular player are over.
That means that every first-year player in the NFL is forced to take a slotted rookie deal when coming into the league. The higher a player goes in the draft, the more money he is given, and each player is required to sign a four-year deal with the club that drafted him.
Most rookie deals are signed relatively quickly after the draft, and certainly by the time training camp rolls around, and the Kansas City Chiefs have already locked up the majority of their NFL draft class. Seven of the ten players drafted by the Chiefs in April have signed their rookie deals, which leaves only three remaining.
The Chiefs immediately came to terms with their first-round picks in Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie and Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis. Only three picks that remained unsigned: second-round wide receiver Skyy Moore (out of Western Michigan), third-round linebacker Leo Chenal (out of Wisconsin), and fourth-round cornerback Joshua Williams (out of Fayetteville State).
All three players should sign their deals in good time. All three of them are already heavily involved in offseason training activities so there’s no question as to whether they’re willing to participate without having a proper contract. It’s only a matter of time and a general formality.