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Bills' top picks still unsigned Walker likely to be returned to Philly

The Buffalo Bills will go down to the wire -- or beyond it -- in signing their top draft choices.

First-round pick Marshawn Lynch and second-round pick Paul Posluszny remained unsigned as of Tuesday night. All Bills players are scheduled to report to training camp by midnight tonight, and the first practice of camp will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Meanwhile, it continues to look like Bills defensive tackle Darwin Walker will be given back to Philadelphia. He and the Bills have not talked in more than a week, and Walker will not report to camp without a new contract extension.

The Bills signed sixth-round pick John Wendling, a safety from Wyoming. The only other unsigned Bills rookie is fourth-rounder Dwayne Wright.

Most other teams in the NFL are in a similar negotiating race to get their picks under contract. By Friday, 28 of the 32 teams will have opened camp.

There still were only five of 32 first-round picks signed as of Tuesday night. None of the top 14 picks were signed. Lynch was taken 12th overall.

Signings in the top of the second round were moving at a slow pace, too. Just two of the top 13 second-rounders had deals. Posluszny was taken 34th overall, the third choice in the second round.

The Bills should be narrowing the parameters of Posluszny's deal. The players taken 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st all reached agreements. Posluszny's agent, Mike McCartney, also represents the player taken two picks earlier, Indianapolis' Anthony Gonzalez (32nd).

Posluszny is expected to sign a four-year contract, the maximum allowed for second-rounders. It should be worth roughly $2 million a year.

The parameters for Lynch's deal seemed a bit more cloudy since the picks before him are unsigned. There were reports Miami was close to a deal with Ted Ginn Jr., the ninth pick. Expect Lynch to get a five-year deal. Last year's 12th overall pick, Baltimore's Haloti Ngata, signed for five years and about $11.9 million.

"We're talking, and we've been talking," said Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson. "That's about all I can tell you. I'm optimistic we'll get something done. We'll see."

No movement has occurred with Walker, who seems likely to be returned to the Eagles by Aug. 5, according to the terms of the trade that brought him to Buffalo in return for linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb.

"I'm not very optimistic," said Walker's agent, Al Irby.

The Bills made one other move, releasing tackle Randy Hand.

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As usual there is no parking for the general public on the St. John Fisher campus during training camp practices. Fans can park in nearby lots and take busses to the practice fields. There have been some slight changes to the lots since last year.

The shuttle lots are located at East Rochester High School (open all days starting Monday); Pittsford-Mendon High School (available only for all day practice sessions); Pittsford-Sutherland High School (available only for all night practice sessions); and Barker Road Middle School (an overflow lot used only if lots at Pittsford-Mendon or Pittsford Sutherland are full).

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