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New England Patriots Reach Contract With 1st Round Pick Devin McCourty

New England PatriotsFrom Sean Leahy, USAToday.com:

New England Patriots CB Devin McCourty became just the second first-round draft pick to agree to a contract on Wednesday.

His agent, Andy Simms, announced on Twitter that McCourty had agreed to a deal and would report to the start of the Patriots’ training camp on Wednesday.

McCourty, the 27th overall pick, joins Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant as the only first-round picks to reach contract agreements.

A Rutgers product, McCourty is expected to contribute on special teams and in the Patriots’ secondary.

He was the last of the Patriots’ 12 draft picks to reach a contract agreement.

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Spikes, Pats Have Four-Year Deal

New England PatriotsFrom Mike Reiss, ESPNBoston.com:

The New England Patriots and second-round draft choice Brandon Spikes reached agreement on a four-year, $3.21 million contract Monday night, according to Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson.

Spikes was en route to Gillette Stadium to sign the deal, which includes a $960,000 signing bonus and a one-time incentive of $450,000, according to Watson.

The agreement was first reported by the Boston Herald.

“He’s refreshed and pleased that the contract is done,” said Watson. “He cannot wait to get to the facility. He loves to play football and is ready to go about what he loves.”

Spikes, the final selection of the second round, will vie for playing time at inside linebacker next to 2008 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year Jerod Mayo. He will be competing with Gary Guyton (third year) and Tyrone McKenzie (second year).

With Spikes in the fold, the Patriots’ lone unsigned pick is first-rounder Devin McCourty.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.

McCourty Talks Going Slowly

New England PatriotsFrom Mike Reiss, ESPN.com:

Negotiations between the Patriots and first-round draft choice Devin McCourty have been slower than anticipated, with the sides unable to strike a deal by Sunday’s reporting date for rookies.

The Patriots and McCourty’s representatives would not comment on the status of negotiations Sunday night.

One reason for the slowdown seems to be the lack of other first-round signings, as only the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant (24th overall) has signed a deal. Because of that, agent Andy Simms can’t use other deals as a framework for McCourty’s pact.

That factor, coupled with what some agents of high draft choices have said is significant oversight from the NFL Players Association as a result of the looming labor war between owners and players, presumably are the main reasons McCourty, the 27th overall pick, didn’t report to Gillette Stadium on Sunday with the team’s other rookies.

One source involved in negotiations with a first-round pick from a different team said the NFLPA has advised him to slow negotiations until some other first-round deals are completed, which would provide a better framework to work from.

McCourty and inside linebacker Brandon Spikes (second round) are the Patriots’ only unsigned picks.

Patriots sign Gronkowski

New England PatriotsFrom ESPN.com:

The New England Patriots have signed second-round draft pick Rob Gronkowski, the team announced Sunday.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the signing earlier in the day.

The signing allows Gronkowski, a tight end from Arizona, to join the team for the start of rookie camp.

The Patriots drafted Gronkowski with the 42nd pick. He had 75 receptions for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons at Arizona.

Gronkowski is one of three tight ends joining the Patriots this season. The team also drafted tight end Aaron Hernandez and signed veteran Alge Crumpler.

The Patriots also confirmed the signing of second-round pick Jermaine Cunningham, which was reported by Schefter on Saturday, leaving inside linebacker Brandon Spikes (second round) and cornerback Devin McCourty (first round) as the lone remaining unsigned picks. A deal for Spikes is close, sources told ESPNBoston.com.

The Patriots grabbed Cunningham with the 53rd selection. He started 38 games at Florida and finished with 19½ sacks.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.