Miami Dolphins Begin Signing Draft Picks

October 15, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver B.J. Cunningham (3) makes catch against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State won 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

In an NFL where drat picks are slotted according to a rookie wage scale, and not dependent on the negotiating capabilities of their agents, the rush to start signing rookies is no longer a necessity. Instead, teams can work on other priorities, knowing the rookies are less likely to hold out under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, since the holdout will not lead to more money. With that in mind, the Miami Dolphins have not been in a rush to ink deals with their 2012 Draft class.

But, those signings did start yesterday, with sixth round draft pick B.J. Cunningham agreeing to his four-year, standard rookie deal.

Cunningham is the all-time leader for Michigan State in receptions (218) and receiving yards (3,086) in his four years with the Spartans. Cunningham does not have elite speed, but is a solid route-runner with good hands. He should find his way onto the Dolphins' depth chart around the fourth or fifth wide-out position.

The Dolphins have eight draft picks left to sign, including first round pick, quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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