EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Over the past two years, the St. Louis Rams have preferred to wait until the end of organized team activities to announce the signings of their drafted rookies.
On Thursday, a tweet from Sunny Shah, second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner's agent, sent a signal that deals were getting done.
— Sunny Shah (@320Sports) June 12, 2014
It's no surprise that the Rams had a deal with Joyner, but the tweet left some to wonder if the Rams had already made a deal with the rest of the rookie class in advance of making a formal announcement. As it turned out, that is exactly what happened as the team had indeed struck deals with the other 10 drafted rookies.
The group signing includes first-round picks Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, Joyner, third-round pick Tre Mason, fourth-round choice Maurice Alexander, sixth-round picks E.J. Gaines and Garrett Gilbert, and seventh-round selections Mitchell Van Dyk, Christian Bryant, Michael Sam and Demetrius Rhaney.
This week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher indicated the team was finishing up some offseason education for the rookie class and the group would be signed soon after.
"With the new rookie cap and everything it’s really not difficult to get the deals done," Fisher said Tuesday. "So we just felt like this time would be better served putting them in situations from an educational standpoint, financial planning, those kind of things. We’ve done a lot of that.
"We have got another meeting or two left to go, and I would think we’ll get these things done here pretty quickly."
Apparently those classes have taken place and the Rams took care of their business. This is the second year in a row the team has signed its entire draft class in one fell swoop.