Gone are the days when contract negotiations between teams and their drafted rookies dragged into training camp.
The Buffalo Bills, in fact, have their entire 2015 draft class under contract before the start of organized team activities after reaching agreement on a four-year deal with second-round draft pick Ronald Darby.
The team did not release terms of the contract, but under the league’s rookie wage scale, Darby’s deal is expected to be worth about $4.5 million over its duration. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback won a national championship during his college career at Florida State, finishing with 79 tackles and 16 passes defended in 42 games, with 23 starts.
“Athletic, fast … that’s why we drafted him,” Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said Wednesday of his first impressions of Darby. “Looks like a pretty good man-to-man cover guy from what we saw in rookie minicamp. He hasn’t gone up against the big-time NFL receiver but usually if you can cover, doesn’t matter who it is. He’s been pretty impressive so far.”