Patriots sign draft pick Harmon

The Patriots have signed safety Duron Harmon, one of their two third-round picks from this year's draft.

Harmon, the 91st overall selection, is the first of the Patriots' seven drafted rookies to agree to a deal with the team. Per the NFL collective bargaining agreement, his deal is four years in length.

The 91st selection in the 2012 draft, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes of the Falcons, agreed to a deal worth $2.633 million that included a signing bonus of $533,600. The expectation for Harmon's deal is that it will be worth slightly more than Holmes', as draft pick salaries tend to rise slightly from one year to the next.

Under the old collective bargaining agreement, contract negotiations for rookies (especially first-round picks) often proved to be tricky and resulted in extended holdouts. With a new rookie wage scale in place under the current deal, signing rookies has become a far easier process for teams.

Harmon was an All-Big East selection during his senior season at Rutgers in 2012.