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Published: Monday, May 7, 2012, 11:21 a.m.

Seahawks agree to terms with first-round pick Bruce Irvin

The Seahawks have agreed to terms on a contract with first-round pick Bruce Irvin, making the defensive end the first first-rounder to reach a deal. And while that's certainly a good thing for the Seahawks, it's far less significant news that it would have been a couple of years ago prior to the NFL implementing a rookie wage scale. If you'll remember back to 2009, the Seahawks began training camp without No. 4 pick Aaron Curry, who had yet to sign a deal. Back then, it was common for first-round picks to sign late into the summer, but now, with a rookie scale in place, players and agents pretty much know what they're going to get based off where they are picked, so agreeing to a deal becomes far less complicated.

First round picks get four-year deals, and as the No. 15 pick, Irving will make about $9.3 million according to Mac's Football blog (and I've said this before, but if you're not reading Brian McIntyre's stuff, you're missing out).

Irvin and the rest of Seattle's rookies will be on the field this week for their first minicamp, which kicks off Friday.
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