Arthur Lynch on Thursday became the first Miami Dolphins 2014 draft pick to sign with the team, agreeing to a four-year deal worth an estimated $2.4 million.
Lynch, a tight end from Georgia, was the first of two players selected in the fifth round by the Dolphins.
Jordan Tripp, the linebacker out of Montana, was the other. Both ironed out deals a day before the start of the Dolphins annual rookie minicamp. However, Miami did not officially announce the Tripp deal also for four years as of late Thursday. Regardless, the Dolphins are left with six picks unsigned, but have plenty of time.
There is no true pressure to get these players under contract until the start of training camp, as they can participate in spring activities without deals in place.
With the set rookie wage scale by the leagues collective bargaining agreement, the broad strokes of most deals are already set. The team had no contract holdouts last year, with first-round pick Dion Jordan signing on the first day of training camp.