Dolphins Billy Turner one of few remaining draft picks to sign

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins rookie offensive lineman Billy Turner is one of just four remaining NFL Draft picks to sign this year.

NFL training camps behin to open in a few days, starting with the Hall of Fame Game participants, the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills, opening camp next week.  That does not mean all the offseason administrative work is done, however.  As Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt pointed out earlier today, there arestill four selections from May's NFL Draft unsigned.

For Miami Dolphins fans, one of those should already be known: offensive lineman Billy Turner.  Joining Turner in the unsigned group are Cleveland Browns' cornerback Justin Gilbert (8th overall), Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (11th), and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (39th).  Turner was the 67th overall selection, going to Miami in the third round.

Traditionally, there have been more unsigned draft picks at this point of the offseason, with teams starting to scramble to get all of their players under contract before the start of training camp.  Under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, however, much of the need for negotiation was eliminated with the implementation of a rookie wage scale, making it easier for teams to bring their rookies into the fold.

With training camps getting ready to open, and front office personnel and players beginning to return from summer vacations, all four deals, including Turner's, should be completed fairly quickly.

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