The NFL is currently in the only real dead period of the offseason, with players, coaches, and executives alike taking vacations and getting away from the team facilities prior to the start of training camp and the 2012 season. With everyone escaping to much needed down time, teams are not working to sign their draft picks right now. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there are 32 players from last April's draft still needing to be signed.
The Miami Dolphins make up nearly ten percent of that list, needing to sign three draft choices still (one of two teams with three picks still needing to sign). First round pick, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and third-rounders, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Michael Egnew, all remain unsigned heading to the start of training camp July 27.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement has established a rookie wage scale, giving each player a salary based on where they were drafted. While this has dramatically cut the salaries for wages compared to salaries just two seasons ago, it has also led to shorter negotiations with the rookies. The only real negotiating point is the amount of the contract that is guaranteed. For a player like Tannehill, waiting to agree until fellow rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck for the Indianapolis Colts and Robert Griffin III for the Washington Redskins sign their deals makes sense, if only to establish a negotiating starting point.
Below, you can see the list of players from the rest of the AFC East teams .
Buffalo Bills: T.J. Graham (Wide Receiver, Third Round)
New England Patriots: Dont'a Hightower (Linebacker, First Round)
New York Jets: None