Packers begin signing draft picks

Pete Dougherty
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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley runs for a touchdown against Kansas State in the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Packers have agreed to contracts with at least five of their draft picks, according to sources: fourth-rounder Jake Ryan, fifth-rounder Brett Hundley and sixth-rounders Aaron Ripkowski, Christian Ringo and Kennard Backman.

The only players who have yet to finalize contracts are the Packers' top three picks: defensive backs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, and receiver Ty Montgomery.

With the slotting system set by the NFL's 2011 collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts have little wiggle room for negotiations. So the Packers likely will have most of their eight draft picks signed by the start of their rookie minicamp Friday. Those not signed will have injury waivers that allow them to participate.

Ryan's rookie salary allotment is $549,169, according to a source with access to NFL salary information, so his first-year salary-cap number will come in at about that number. His four-year deal will be worth about $2.736 million and include a signing bonus of about $456,676.

Hundley's first-year cap is allotment is $490,908. So his four-year deal will be worth $2.503 million and include a bonus of $223,632.

Ripkowski's first-year cap allotment is $461,599. So his four-year deal will be worth $2.386 million and include a bonus of $106,396.

The Packers also began handing out numbers on Thursday to the rest of their draft class: Ripkowski (22), Rollins (24), Ringo (77) and Backman (86). Rollins' jersey is noteworthy given that's the same number unrestricted free-agent cornerback Jarrett Bush wore for the better part of the last decade.

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