Lions sign five of seven draft picks

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

On the eve of the team's rookie minicamp, the Lions announced the signing of five of their seven draft picks.

All of their selections in last week's draft signed standard four-year rookie contracts except first-round guard Laken Tomlinson and second-round running back Ameer Abdullah.

The Lions did not announce the terms of the contracts, but under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, draft picks have their salaries slotted in the order they were taken, which makes it easier to negotiate the deals.

Based on the 80th overall pick in 2014, Lions third-round cornerback Alex Carter's deal should be worth around $3 million.

Fourth-round defensive tackle Gabe Wright's deal will be closer to $2.7 million. Fifth-round fullback Michael Burton, sixth-round cornerback Quandre Diggs and seventh-round offensive tackle Corey Robinson will stand to make around $2.4 million.

The Lions didn't sign first-round tight end Eric Ebron until after mandatory minicamp in June last year. Abdullah and Tomlinson should have deals in place soon, too, but the Lions still have five spots open on the 90-man roster that could change the salary cap situation.

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