Saints have signed all but one rookie, however, there’s no need to worry

The New Orleans Saints have signed the majority of their rookie class, but one of the team’s top selections remains unsigned.
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The New Orleans Saints have been hard at work, making their recent draftees official members of the team. That’s done by signing the players to their rookie contracts. It was reported on Thursday that New Orleans signed six of the seven players it drafted in the 2024 NFL Draft. Among the six was 14th-overall pick Taliese Fuaga.

Fuaga, the first selection for the Saints in the draft, signed a four-year, fully guaranteed deal worth $17.3 million. Since he was a first-round selection, the deal of course comes with a fifth-year team option. Fuaga also received a $9.4 million signing bonus.

With business taken care of, Taliese Fuaga also got to meet Derek Carr for the first time, getting to know the quarterback that he will help keep clean. The rookie lineman is expected to have a big role for New Orleans in year one.

The one draftee that hasn’t been signed yet is second-round pick Kool-Aid McKinstry. However, history shows that fans shouldn’t worry that he isn’t signed yet.

Saints haven’t signed Kool-Aid McKinstry yet

McKinstry was New Orleans’ second selection in the draft, taken in the second round with the 41st-overall pick. However, he’s the only rookie still not signed. Multiple people have pointed out that this is common with second-round picks. John Hendrix of the Saints News Network highlighted how Isaiah Foskey and Alontae Taylor didn’t sign until July 19 in their respective draft years.

In other words, there’s nothing to be worried about. He will be signed eventually and will be ready to go by the time the season asreives. Kool-Aid McKinstry is already in the building and ready to go to work. He’ll likely be a big part of the secondary as a rookie. Whether he’s lining up at slot corner or on the outside, expect his talent to be on display early for the Saints.