Josh LeRibeus Signs Contract; All Redskins Rookies Have Signed
It was only an extra seven hours, but offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus became the last of the Washington Redskins’ draft picks to sign his rookie contract when he did so Wednesday afternoon.
LeRibeus, a third-round choice out of SMU who worked at guard and center during the Redskins’ mini-camps, reached an agreement on the contract shortly after 3 p.m. Quarterback Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 overall pick, signed his contract with the Redskins shortly after 8 a.m.
The Redskins asked their rookies to report to Redskins Park in Ashburn on Monday to begin a conditioning program and off-the-field work, including playbook and film study. Because neither Griffin nor LeRibeus had signed their contracts, though, they were not able to join their teammates.
LeRibeus’ contract was more difficult to negotiate because of the precedent set by similar contracts last season. In a hurry to get players in camp after the owners’ lockout, players who were drafted in the early part of the third round – where LeRibeus was selected – agreed to contracts worth less money than players chosen in the later part of the round, and agents have been determined to correct the market.
Players are required to report to camp on Wednesday to begin training camp on Thursday.