Two Rookies Sign, Two to Go

The Patriots have wrapped up the contracts of two of their second-round picks this weekend. First, they signed DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham, the 53rd overall pick from Florida State to a 4-year deal. Cunningham figures to compete for playing time at OLB and was drafted with the hope that he could help fill the need of a pass rusher for the Pats’ defense. The Patriots then came to terms with TE Rob Gronkowski, the 42nd overall pick out of Arizona. Gronkowski is an inline blocking tight end who can also serve as an effective pass catcher. Gronkowski is a good all-around TE who makes up one-third of the Pats’ revamped TE corps, along with 4th-round pick Aaron Hernandez and free agent Alge Crumpler.

That means that unless there is movement tonight or early tomorrow morning, first-round pick CB Devin McCourty and second-round pick ILB Brandon Spikes will not report to rookie reporting day Monday. While it’s not an ideal situation, the real deadline for the deals to get done is Thursday when the rest of the team reports to training camp. Indications are that both will have deals done before July 29 and there will be no rookie holdouts.

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