The NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, negotiated prior to the 2011 season, took a lot of the negotiating out of rookie contracts.
Apparently, it negated the need to wait as well.
Less than a week after they were selected, fourth-round draft picks DaQuan Jones, a defensive lineman, and Marqueston Huff (pictured), a cornerback, agreed to contract terms with the Tennessee Titans.
A year ago, it was a month after the draft that the first Titans’ selections signed. All came to terms by late June except first-round draft pick Chance Warmack whose deal finally was completed July 30.
Jones (6-foot-4, 322 pounds) was the 112th overall selection out of Penn State, where he was a two-year starter.
“With us switching to a 3-4 defense with [defensive coordinator] Ray Horton, the more guys that have the flexibility to move along the defensive line the better,” general manager Ruston Webster said following the draft. “The fact that he has that size and the well-tuned athleticism, he can play the five technique, the nose, and the three technique for us. The more guys we can add like that, it helps Ray be more creative as well as help the team with depth.”
Huff (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) was the 122nd overall selection out of Wyoming, where he was a three-year starter (two at cornerback, one at safety).
“The one thing when we first got here and met with our coaches and we were going through free agency and Ray Horton talked about the guys that were versatile enough to play both [cornerback and safety],” Webster said. “So actually we talked about a few players in free agency that were like that and he fits that mold. He is one of those guys who can play in the nickel or can play corner or he could play free safety and I think will help us on special teams.”
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