Plenty of rookie players are getting set for the task of sitting back and waiting for their agents to work out their first NFL contracts. First round players are always the focus, and in Pittsburgh, attention will be paid heavily to first round draft pick Lawrence Timmons. The first pick of new head coach Mike Tomlin could play a big part in the success, or lack of it for the Steelers in 2007.
As for a deal, Timmons’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus stated he does not think any serious contract negotiations will start until at least next month. The super agent told reporters that most first round picks do not start to work out their first deals until around the 4th of July. The Steelers will open Tomlin’s first training camp in Latrobe on July 23rd, which gives Rosenhaus and the Steelers brass about 3 weeks to get a deal in place.
Things have not gone all that smoothly for Timmons to date, as he pulled a groin muscle on the first day of mini-camp last month and has not been able to get on the field for all of the nine voluntary organized team activity sessions. While those sessions do not end until next Thursday, it is unknown if the top Steelers pick will be healthy enough to be on the field before they wrap up.