Before the new collective bargaining agreement sped up the process, teams rarely struck deals with draft picks before the Fourth of July holiday. Now, the Baltimore Ravens have their entire draft class under contract before the start of June.
Free safety Terrence Brooks, the team's third-round pick, became the last Ravens draft pick to reach a deal, signing his contract with Baltimore on Friday. Brooks is the front-runner for the Ravens' starting free safety job.
The Ravens become the first AFC North team to sign their entire draft class, an achievement that gives them nothing more than one line in this blog. The Cincinnati Bengals have only one unsigned pick, first-rounder Darqueze Dennard. The Pittsburgh Steelers need to sign four more picks, and the Cleveland Browns are down to five, including two first-rounders (cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel).
The Ravens made two roster moves over the past two days. They signed two undrafted rookies, running back Fitz Toussaint (Michigan) and outside linebacker D.J. Roberts (Tennessee-Martin), and cut quarterback Nick Stephens and linebacker Ryan Jones. Stephens was on the Ravens practice squad last season. The Ravens now have three quarterbacks on the roster: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor and rookie Keith Wenning.