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What’s the contractual holdup between the Patriots and Sony Michel?

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On Tuesday, we learned the Jaguars signed Taven Bryan, the 29th overall pick in the 2018 draft. The details of the signing further illustrate the impact the Rashaad Penny deal had on teams like the Patriots signing who are in the process of signing the picks in the lower half of the first round like running back Sony Michel.

Penny's deal is an outlier in terms of how much of his 2021 salary is fully guaranteed. Penny signed his deal on May 16. It has taken over two months for Bryan, the player selected two slots after him to reach an agreement. (Bryan will have $704,885 of his 2021 $2,864,767 salary fully guaranteed or 37.8 percent.)

This first table lists the players selected in the lower half of the 2017 draft.