The 2012 NFL draft has come to an end which means that new players are getting ready to sign their contracts with their agents. This is an exciting time because soon we'll be able to see how drafted players will stack up against NFL talent for the first time. One of the more exciting players to keep an eye on is defensive tackle Devon Still, who was selected in the second round by the Bengals out of Penn State. Most believe he was an absolute steal at that point in the draft, and if you watched him play in 2011, you'd agree.
Thanks to the new CBA, signing rookies is much easier than it was a few short years ago. Watching unproven rookies hold out on signing because they want bigger bucks was extremely annoying and frustrating. Thankfully, it's largely a thing of the past. Based on what players signed for last year, we can somewhat predict what new players will be signed for this year.
Last year at No. 53, where the Bengals selected Still, the Chicago Bears selected Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea. He was signed to a four-year $3.69 million deal. This is a similar deal that we can expect the Bengals to lock Still in for. Keep an eye out for rookie signings over the next couple weeks and rely on us to keep you up to date.