Around The Web: Signing Season, Tyson Jackson 101, Podolak Takes A Swing For Charity

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, things are quiet around the NFL right now, though it’s not as quiet as years past.  As Bob Gretz notes, teams around the league have gotten a jump on getting the 256 selections from April’s draft signed with over 100 already under contract.

There are two teams that have already signed all their draft choices: Chicago and the New York Jets.  Two other teams – Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – have all but one of their draft choices already under contract.

On the other side, there are six teams that haven’t signed a choice yet, including Dallas with 12 choices.  Others that have not announced a signing are Cleveland, Indianapolis, Oakland, New Orleans and St. Louis.

The Chiefs have three of their eight picks signed: fifth-round OT Colin Brown and seventh round choices TE Jake O’Connell and K Ryan Succop.

As usual, the earliest picks have not yet agreed to terms.  Only two first rounders (QBs Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez) and one second-round pick (RB LeSean McCoy) have signed contracts.  That’s three of the first 64 players drafted, including the Chiefs first-round pick, DE Tyson Jackson.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes Jackson’s agent Eugene Parker to get a deal done with Scott Pioli because he’s one of three players sandwiched between the big deals given Stafford (six years/$72 million) and Sanchez (five years/$60 million).  Jackson, OT Jason Smith in St. Louis and LB Aaron Curry in Seattle have those deals as bookends for their demands.  But you can bet the Chiefs, Rams and Seahawks are unwilling to talk about money that would put those players in the same salary scale as the two quarterbacks.

There are 15 players unsigned in the sixth-round, including Kansas City-bound WR Quinten Lawrence.  Only 13 of 47 choices in the seventh round are unsigned, including RB Javarris Williams, the first of the Chiefs three picks in the round.

Why Lawrence and Williams remain unsigned is hard to understand.  The payouts to players on these deals generally fall into a slotting system, with the pick before making more and the pick after making less.  The players drafted after Lawrence and Williams both have agreed to deals.

So with two teams that have all their picks signed and six that haven’t signed anyone, the Chiefs seem to be right in the middle.  Just like I don’t mind a veteran skipping voluntary workouts most seasons, I normally wouldn’t worry much if a pick missed a portion of training camp.  But with so many changes going on in Kansas City, it would be best for everyone if Tyson Jackson, Alex Magee and the rest of the Chiefs draft picks are signed, sealed and delivered in time for that first practice in River Falls.

Speaking of Jackson, his “Tyson Jackson 101″ event served as an open house for the new Southeast Community Center.  Joining the first round pick were teammates Turk McBride and Tank Tyler.  While at the event, Jackson was interviewed by WDAF for a “web exclusive”.

On the Tyson Jackson 101 Event:

Just coming back and giving something back to the community even though it’s not the community I was raised in.  It’s different kids from around the inner-city who are growing up with some struggles and coming back and giving something back to those people is a blessing.

His schedule for the next month:

Well right now all the rookies are still training with the coaching staff.  Still working out and running every morning.   Thurday is our due date and we’ll report back home from there.  And once I get back home I’ll get back to LSU and train with those guys to get ready for training camp.

Status of contract talks:

Well I haven’t spoken to my agent yet but I should be getting in contact with him sometime this week and see where we are with the contract agreement.  But so far I have no idea what’s going on.

H/T to Arrowhead Pride for the link and transcript to the video.  And many thanks to WDAF for their intern, Amber Merrifield.  Good job, Amber.  As for Jackson, I can’t say enough good things about the young Chiefs and all the work they are doing in the Kansas City community.  Keep up the good work!

Current Chiefs aren’t the only ones out there helping charities.  Former Chiefs great Ed Podolak will be joining former MLB pitcher Dennis Rasmussen at the “Swing with the Legends Classic” in Aspen.

Rasmussen, other members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, Podolak and other former and current professional athletes will participate in two days of events that include a charity golf tournament, fundraising dinner and even a baseball clinic.  The objective: Help raise funds to support Aspen Junior Golf, the MLBPAA and the Shining Stars Foundation, which provides sport, recreation and other programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

In an effort to bolster support of local youth programs and charities Rasmussen has enlisted some friends, former teammates and fellow professional sports standouts to take part this weekend.  In addition to Podolak, Todd Haley’s former golf teammate at the University of Florida Chris DiMarco will be a part of the weekend festivities.

Each foursome in Monday’s tournament will be paired with a sports star.   Interested in participating or making a donation? For more information on Sunday’s and Monday’s events, visit www.aspenjuniorgolf.com.

Good to see Podolak helping out…Even if it’s in Colorado!  Hopefully he can get more recognition for his charity work and skills on the radio than one night of extra curricular activities.

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