The Bills report to training camp Thursday, and quarterback Josh Allen remains unsigned.
Allen, the seventh overall pick, is among seven unsigned 2018 selections, including two other quarterbacks. No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield remains unsigned by the Browns and No. 3 pick Sam Darnold is unsigned by the Jets.
Is it time for Bills fans to worry about Allen's deal? In two words: not yet.
Missing the first day of practice won't impact Allen's development, but it would not look good for either side if he is not out on the field at St. John Fisher for Day 1, especially when you consider rookie contracts in the NFL are slotted based on draft position. That means the hardest part of a usual negotiation – money – isn’t an issue.
There can still be some minor hang-ups over contract language and structure. Two years ago, the Chargers’ Joey Bosa held out after the two sides couldn’t agree on whether his deal would have offset language – meaning the team could recoup some money if it cut him and he signed elsewhere before the end of the contract. Bosa also wanted his bonus payments scheduled differently and sat out until the end of August.
That’s rare, although offset language is generally the culprit when it happens.
The other unsigned draft picks: No. 4 Denzel Ward with the Browns, No. 8 Roquan Smith with the Bears, No. 28 Terrell Edmunds with the Steelers and No. 44 Dante Pettis with the 49ers. Edmunds' brother, Tremaine, has signed with the Bills after being selected at No. 16.
There were three unsigned rookies last year as teams reported to training camp: the 49ers’ Solomon Thomas, the Titans’ Corey Davis and the Raiders’ Gareon Conley. All three were under contract before the start of August, so they missed very little time.
It’s worth noting that the Bills had last year’s first-round pick, cornerback Tre’Davious White, under contract by May.