Expect Seattle to sign their first-round picks by the end of today. Russell Okung and Earl Thomas should both be ready to go when training camp opens tomorrow.
Last night, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Brandon Graham, the thirteenth overall selection last April, to a five-year deal. This is significant for the Seahawks because Thomas was chosen fourteenth overall, one spot behind Graham.
At the very least, Graham’s deal should provide a guideline for getting a deal done with Thomas. Negotiating a contract and determining Thomas’ value as the fourteenth overall pick should be easier with Graham’s deal finished.
Graham signing his contract before camp is excellent news, especially considering earlier reports that he was a long way from signing his rookie deal. Without Graham’s deal completed, it may have been more difficult for the Seahawks to negotiate a fair deal for Thomas.
The Washington Redskins also made a push last night and signed their first-round pick, tackle Trent Williams. The former Sooner signed a six-year, $60 million contract that includes $36.75 million guaranteed.
Williams’ contract is significant to Seattle because not only does he play the same position as Okung, but was drafted only two spots ahead of him. Williams’ deal, like Graham’s, should help Seattle negotiate contracts with its first-year players.
Williams was drafted fourth overall, the same spot Aaron Curry was selected in 2009. Curry signed a six-year deal potentially worth $60 million with $34 million guaranteed.