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Will Fuller agrees to rookie contract, leaving Joshua Garnett, 2 other first round pick unsigned

There are three 2016 first round picks that remain unsigned, including 49ers guard Joshua Garnett. We break down where things stand.

The Houston Texans have reportedly agreed to terms on a rookie contract with first round pick Will Fuller. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the deal is worth $10.2 million over four years. The Texans selected Fuller with the 21st pick of the draft. His signing leaves DE Joey Bosa (Chargers, No. 3), ILB Darron Lee (Jets, No. 20), and Joshua Garnett (49ers, No. 28).

There is no word on the status of contract talks between the two teams. Garnett missed most of the offseason workout program, joining the team in June for mandatory minicamp after he wrapped up his final exams. I don’t know the specific rules regarding contract negotiations before Garnett had joined the team. It is possible that slowed the process.

The other potential issue would be contract offsets. Bosa has not signed a contract yet because he is trying to get rid of some (or all) of the offset language. The way offset language works is that if a player is cut with guaranteed money still owed, if he signs with another team that money offsets what his first team owes him. If there is no offset language, the first team owes the guaranteed money AND the player can earn whatever the second team pays him. For comparison, Eric Reid does not have that language in his contract.

Once Garnett signs his contract, it would likely include a signing bonus of $4,966,772. As a first round pick, it would also include a CBA-mandated fifth year option.