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17 NFL Rookies remain unsigned, including Steelers’ top pick Terrell Edmunds

17 players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft still haven’t signed their rookie contracts, and one of those is Pittsburgh Steelers' top pick Terrell Edmunds.

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It's a new development for the NFL since the league and the NFLPA signed their most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). What I’m referring to is the large number of drafted players still waiting to sign their rookie contracts.

Per a ProFootballTalk report, 17 players (including 12 first-round picks) haven’t yet signed on the dotted line as many thought they would have by now. One of those 12 first-rounders who hasn’t signed is none other than Pittsburgh Steelers' top pick, Terrell Edmunds.

Since the two parties agreed to the new CBA, every pick is put in a certain pay-slot based on the round in which they were selected. So, what's the holdup with all these players?

According to PFT:

While post-2011 rookie contracts contain few terms over which to haggle, two important factors provide the basis for back-and-forth: (1) whether the guaranteed money will be subject to offset language, preventing double-dipping; and (2) the cash flow of the signing bonus.

The biggest name who hasn’t agreed to terms on his first contract is none other than top draft pick Baker Mayfield. He and the Cleveland Browns haven’t been able to agree on the minutia of the deal, but it will likely get done.

Did Joey Bosa, who two years ago sat out of training camp and preseason before signing his deal, start a trend among the NFL rookies demanding some say in their first professional contracts? No other rookie has been as patient as Bosa was, but what should Steelers fans expect from Edmunds, who would be their final pick to sign on the dotted line?

According to PFT, it could just be some language in the fourth year of the contract:

Beyond the top 10, where seven players remain unsigned, it should be easier to work out these contracts. There’s a cluster of unsigned players at the bottom of round one, with an impasse (if there is one) focusing on the handling of payments and guarantees in the fourth year of the contract.

Fans should have full faith in the Steelers -- and, more specifically, in KevinColbert and Omar Khan -- to get this deal done well before training camp. But if there was a clock going off, it just did with rookies due to report to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, in just under a month.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this news, and for all the details when Edmunds finally signs his initial NFL contract with the Black-and-gold.