FOXBORO -- Let the signings begin.
Under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, rookie salaries are slotted, which means the values of deals are essentially predetermined for players based on where they were selected in the draft. It's a system that just about eliminates any and all contractual issues for incoming rookies.
Zach Moore got things started Thursday as he was the first of nine Patriots draft picks to sign. His agent, Blake Baratz, tweeted a photo of Moore putting pen to paper.
Moore was selected in the sixth round of this year's draft with the No. 198 overall pick. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end is the first player ever to be selected out of Division 2 Concordia St. Paul, but he is confident he'll be able to make his mark as a pro.
He certainly has the physical tools to do it. His length (he has 33.75-inch arms) and athleticism (he had a 1.56-second 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash, tying him with No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney) give him the ideal size and explosiveness to be an edge defender in the NFL.