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Troup & Round 2 deals

UPDATED, 3 p.m -- As of today signings of second-round draft picks in the NFL were picking up a bit. There were 13 of 32 second-round picks with contracts.

The first-round signings remain on hold, with only 1 of 32 players signed (Dallas' Dez Bryant).

The New England Patriots' signing of Williamsville's Rob Gronkowski should help move negotiations along for Bills' second-rounder Torell Troup, the 41st overall pick of the draft. Gronkowski was taken 42nd. Gronkowski signed a four-year deal worth a reported total of $4.44 million with $2.59 million guaranteed. That's about a 7.9 percent increase in guaranteed money over last year's 42nd pick, Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd. Teams and agents will haggle over the percentage increases for overall value of the contract, guaranteed money and the initial signing bonus, among other things. Look for Troup to get roughly $2.9 million in guaranteed money and an overall deal in the $4.5 million range.

The No. 38 and 39 picks also agreed to terms today. Cleveland inked safety T.J. Ward, No. 38, for four years and a reported $4.8 million with $3.08 million guaranteed. No. 39, Tampa's Arrelious Benn, got four years and $4.84 million with at least $2.85 million guaranteed, according to the National Football Post.

---Mark Gaughan


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