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English One of Many First-Round Picks Not in Camp On Time

There’s plenty of first-round picks not inked, and the Chargers are one of those teams in the mix with first-round pick Larry English not being in camp on time:

General Manager A.J. Smith, as he does every year about this time, said he is unconcerned because “everything is in motion. They’ll be here when they are here.”

Rare has been the Chargers’ first-rounder who signs a contract by the time his fellow rookies are sweating in their first camp exercise. That explains to some extent why there is no consternation, but Smith is also not known for his reticence.

“Everyone knows how it’s going to end,” Smith said. “Whether they choose to believe that or not, I don’t know.”

As of last night, English was among 28 (of 32) unsigned first-round picks across the league, and no picks within 10 spots in front of English or five spots behind him have signed. That doesn’t give the Chargers and English’s agent, Todd France, much to go on in terms of comparing contracts’ finer points, which is really what the sides’ differences hinge upon.

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