Harrell in line to sign
Justin Harrell
Justin Harrell
, steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com
Posted Jul 23, 2007

With No. 15 overall, Lawrence Timmons, pick under contract, Packers' defensive tackle may be next

With training camp opening Saturday, six of the Green Bay Packers’ 11 draft picks remain unsigned, including the team’s No. 1 pick, defensive tackle Justin Harrell.

A bit of a breakthrough might have been made Saturday, though. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed their No. 1 pick, outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Timmons was the 15th player selected, just ahead of Harrell, who the Packers plucked at No. 16. NFL rookie contracts — with the exception of quarterbacks — generally fall like dominos, with the signing of one player generally triggering the signings of the players selected directly before and after.

Timmons’ five-year deal is worth $15 million, with $8,053,000 of that guaranteed. The total value is 19 percent more than the five-year, $12.5 million contract last year’s No. 15 pick, cornerback Tye Hill, received from St. Louis. About $7.7 million of Hill’s money is guaranteed. Last year’s No. 16 pick, safety Jason Allen of Miami, held out for 10 days before signing a six-year deal worth about $14 million that included $7.8 million in guaranteed money.

With those facts in mind, it’s a pretty good guess Harrell will sign a five-year contract worth in the ballpark of $16 million with $8.5 million guaranteed.

It’s been a typically slow signing period across the league. Before Timmons signed, only two first-rounders had come to terms: San Francisco with offensive tackle Joe Starkey (No. 28) and Chicago with tight end Greg Olsen (No. 31).

The Packers’ five signed picks: safety Aaron Rouse (third round), offensive lineman Allen Barbre (fourth round), wide receiver David Clowney (fifth round) and tight end Clark Harris and running back DeShawn Wynn (both seventh round).

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