All But One Rookie Signed
paper pushers at Reliant Park had a field day on Monday, getting
three of their remaining four unsigned draft picks to agree to contracts.
Antwaun Molden, running back Steve Slaton, and defensive tackle
Frank Okam joined the earlier signees - safety Dominique Barber,
quarterback Alex Brink, and linebacker Xavier Adibi - as property
of one Gary Kubiak, camp warden.
share with you the thrilling signing bonus details, but I don't
have any yet. I can say that these are all four year deals, and
if they're anything like other recent rookie contracts, that fourth
year is voidable based on performance milestones. Voidable years
help in reducing the rookie pool cap numbers.
that leaves just left tackle Duane Brown as the lone unsigned rookie.
While the future of the collective bargaining agreement makes this
year's first round signings a bit more intriguing, I expect Brown
to ink a five-year deal before practice on Friday with guarantees
in the neighborhood of $6.3 million.
the flurry of signings, I have uploaded the cap
page to reflect the activity. The Texans have a rookie cap allotment
of $3,477,820 in 2008, leaving roughly $1.15 million as a potential
cap figure for Brown pending contract structuring.
three picks ready to ink these deals, the Texans will need to make
three cuts from their roster to keep to the 80-man limit entering
training camp. Once Brown signs, Kubiak will be forced to make another
difficult call on a fourth player.
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