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NFL roundup: Saints sign top pick Cooks

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 18 2014 07:35:40 PM CDT
Updated On: May 19 2014 11:18:29 AM CDT
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The New Orleans Saints signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks, the No. 20 overall pick, to a four-year contract, the team announced Sunday.

Cooks reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $4.4 million, with the deal expected to be worth around $8.4 million.

Cooks, 20, was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.

It marked the seventh time in franchise history the Saints have selected a wideout in the first round. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound native of Stockton, Calif. was the 2013 Biletnikoff winner, honoring the nation's top wide receiver.

The Saints have now signed five of their six draft picks to contracts, with fourth-round linebacker Khairi Fortt the only one unsigned.

---Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is out until training camp because he is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Pierce is the backup to Ray Rice, who could face a suspension from the NFL stemming from his aggravated assault charge. While Rice pleaded not guilty earlier this month and likely will not face a trial or jail time, the league could still discipline him.

Pierce, who will miss OTAs and minicamp this spring, has rushed for 968 yards and three touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons.

---The Atlanta Falcons signed five of their 2014 draft picks, linebackers Prince Shembo, Marquis Spruill, Yawin Smallwood and Tyler Starr and cornerback Ricardo Allen, the team announced Sunday.

According to ESPN.com, seventh-round pick Smallwood received a four-year deal that included a signing bonus of $45,896 and base salaries of $420,000, $510,000, $600,000, and $690,000. Terms for the rest of the signed players were not immediately available.

---The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent wide receiver Ryan Lankford and waived wide receiver Greg Moore.

Lankford, out of Illinois, had 70 catches for 1,014 yards with seven touchdowns in 43 games.

---The Cleveland Browns named Aaron Glenn assistant defensive backs coach.

Glenn is in his first year as an NFL assistant coach after 15 seasons as a player and two as a scout. He spent the past two seasons in the New York Jets' front office, serving as a college area scout in 2013 after one season as a pro personnel scout.

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