In the first dramatic example of how the new labor deal's rookie salary system will affect elite players, No. 2 overall draft pick Von Miller got $21 million guaranteed over four years from the Denver Broncos. The No. 2 pick in 2010, Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, signed a five-year deal worth $40 million guaranteed and as much as $68 million overall.
Broncos football chief John Elway tweeted, "We have agreed to terms with our 1st round pick, LB Von Miller. Can't wait to get him on the field."
The man widely regarded as the best available player in free agency, Nnamdi Asomugha, hasn't picked a team yet. But Joseph, another top cornerback, agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn't been announced.
Bill Belichick has had success reining in outspoken, do-it-my-way players such as receiver Randy Moss. Now New England's coach gets two more guys who fit that description in defensive tackle Haynesworth and receiver Ochocinco.