Unsigned picks negotiating number of guaranteed years

The issue of whether to guarantee three or four years is holding up the remainder of the first-round signings, according to league sources Wednesday.

All picks in the first round save for Nos. 17-19 are signed; to this point picks 1-16 and 20 received four years guaranteed and picks 21-32 have received three-years guaranteed.

The three unsigned players are tackle Nate Solder (picked by New England Patriots at 17), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (San Diego Chargers) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (New York Giants).

Tampa set the precedent at pick 20 by guaranteeing four years for Adrian Clayborn early last week. Other clubs picking around 20 are seeking to not guarantee the entire contract for their first-round picks, sources said, while agents are holding out for fully guaranteed deals, which has been the norm for picks above 20.

The issue of money is not significant -- pick No. 16, Ryan Kerrigan, got $8.7 million guaranteed with a $4.8 million signing bonus, while Clayborn received $8.2 million guaranteed and $4.5 million in signing bonus, so picks 17-19 will fall in that range financially.

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