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Justin Blackmon, Andre Branch Begin Contract Negotiations

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May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch (90) works out during rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch (90) works out during rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Some NFL teams already have their entire rookie classes under contract already and others have just begun rolling in the contracts. The Jacksonville Jaguars on the other hand haven't signed any draft picks to a contract yet, but should be doing so rather soon. The team has opened up negotiations with first-round pick Justing Blackmon and second-round pick Andre Branch according to a report by Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

Talks that have started include, but aren't limited to, first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon, who was the fifth overall selection, and second-round pick Andre Branch. Negotiations with Branch's agent had made progress by Wednesday.

Now that negotiations have started, it should move rather quickly thanks to the new CBA and the rookie wage scale. Justin Blackmon's deal might take a little longer than normal, as only Top 10 draft picks signed are Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Hill Gilmore and Carolina Panthers Luke Kuechly. Typically you don't want to set the baseline for the contract in the Top 10, so it's possible Blackmon's deal won't come until another Top 10 pick signs.