In a strange turn of events, the New Orleans Saints are quickly wrapping up deals with its rookies after signing Kenny Vaccaro, Terron Armstead, Kenny Stills and Rufus Johnson to their rookie contracts.
For those of you counting, that means the Saints have signed four of its five draft selections from the 2013 NFL draft.
Only defensive tackle John Jenkins remains unsigned.
With the team’s three-day rookie minicamp set to open Friday, the Saints announced the signings of first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro, third-round pick Terron Armstead, fifth-round pick Kenny Stills and sixth-round pick Rufus Johnson. All the deals were for four years.
Defensive tackle John Jenkins, the second of the Saints’ two third-round picks, is the only remaining unsigned draft pick.
As NOLA.com goes on to point out, the Saints have been very, very slow to sign rookies in the past.:
Akiem Hicks, the Saints top draft pick last year, didn’t sign his contract until June 28. And even that seemed to be an early signing by the Saints’ standards.
In 2011, first-round picks Cam Jordan (Aug. 2) and Mark Ingram (July 30) didn’t sign until after training camp had started.
In 2010, first-round pick Patrick Robinson signed his contract July 30, a day after the start of camp.
In 2009, first-round pick Malcolm Jenkins didn’t ink his deal until Aug. 10 and missed the early portions of camp.
Our friends over at WhoDatWarrior.com hit us with the details as to why general manager Mickey Loomis and Co. are usually so slow to get rookies under contracts:
@whodatdish Usually they wait until the NFL financial seminars before they sign Protects the rookies from unwise financial decisions
— WhoDatWarriors (@WhoDatWarriors) May 10, 2013
Whatever the reason the Saints have for getting four out of the five under contract, it’s nothing but good news for the team. Rookie minicamp kicks off this weekend, and it’s time for the group to get acclimated to how the Saints do things in New Orleans.