GREEN BAY – And then, there were three.
The Green Bay Packers announced Monday evening that third-round pick Khyri Thornton, a defensive lineman from Southern Mississippi, had signed his rookie contract, meaning only three picks – first-rounder Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, second-rounder Davante Adams and third-rounder Richard Rodgers – remain unsigned.
Because of the rookie wage scale instituted after the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, rookie deals have become essentially a formality. While terms of Thornton’s deal weren’t immediately known, last year’s 98th overall pick, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley, signed a four-year, $2.739 million contract that included a $497,028 signing bonus.
Thornton arrived last week and took part in the team’s rookie orientation camp on Friday and Saturday. But he said the best moment was meeting the veteran defensive linemen, who took him in immediately.
“I feel like I fit right in. They welcomed me with open arms when I got in,” he said. “They joked the whole time. They never were really mean guys. Some places you might go, vets might try to give them a hard time. But when I came in, they welcome me with open arms and treated me like one of them.”
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