There should be little doubt that a deal will be completed and announced soon between the Kansas City Chiefs and their top draft pick, Dontari Poe of Memphis. Make that no doubt. This week, a number of last second deals are being signed and sealed with training camp just around the corner, and with the market set and dominoes falling, the Chiefs will ink their defensive tackle soon enough.
In the last 24 hours, several top picks signed their first ever professional football contracts. Trent Richardson signed with the Cleveland Browns. Riley Reiff and David DeCastro also signed. Poe will likely be the next to be announced, although he's not alone.
Mark Barron of the Buccaneers also hasn't signed. Neither has Justin Blackmon. None of these players will hold out. It's likely that the teams are simply waiting to finalize an offer to keep a player completely out of the news by doing so just before training camp. Or perhaps there's some last minute haggling over language in the deal.
If the Chiefs are concerned about giving their new player millions of dollars while the NFL is on vacation, it might serve them well to give him the money when all players have to report to St. Joseph, Missouri for training camp. But even that is looking too hard for a reason behind the wait. In the end, a deal will get done by the time it really matters.