UPDATE: As R.F. Mehl points out, Sedrick Ellis and the New Orleans Saints have reached a deal that runs five years and pays $19.5 million in guarantee money. The total money hasn't been disclosed yet, but you figure it's going to be less than $50 million. Here's the problem with the Keith Rivers perspective. Will Derrick Harvey be the slot that takes a sudden drop? Or will he sign for between $40-50 million and Rivers is stuck negotiating around that number rather than the $20 million figure you'd figure he gets from the $19 million deal that Mayo received?
If the Bengals and Keith Rivers' representatives are waiting for the seventh and eighth picks to find the ninth-slot value, then it might be awhile. After missing his tenth practice, Saints rookie defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis doesn't appear close.
Although Ellis would appear to be next in line after sixth pick Vernon Gholston signed with the New York Jets on Saturday, it's starting to appear as though his representatives might be waiting for Harvey's deal to get done to possibly improve their negotiating position.
A listing of first-round signings:
|Pick - Player||Team||Length - Contract||Guarantees|
|1 - Jake Long||Miami||Five - $57.5 million||$30 million|
|2 - Chris Long||St. Louis||Six - $56.5 million||$29 million|
|3 - Matt Ryan||Atlanta||Six - $72 million||$34 million|
|4 - Darren McFadden||Oakland||Six - $60 million||$26 million|
|5- Glenn Dorsey||Chiefs||Five - $51 million||$23 million|
|6 - Vernon Gholston||Jets||Five - $50 million||$21 million|
|7 - Sedrick Ellis||Saints||Five - $49 million
|8 - Derrick Harvey||Jaguars|
|9 - Keith Rivers||Bengals|
|10 - Jerod Mayo||Patriots||Five - $18.9 million||$13.8 million|
|11 - Leodis McKelvin||Bills||Five - $19.4 million||$12.6 million|
|12 - Ryan Clady||Broncos||Five - $17.5 million||$11.5 million|
|13 - Jonathan Stewart||Panthers||Five - $20 million||$10.795 million|
|14 - Chris Williams||Bears||Five - $16 million||$10 million|