McDermott signs rookie deal with Patriots

The Patriots will have a boatload of rookies in town this weekend for minicamp, but only four will have the distinction of being members of the smallest draft class in franchise history. And one of those four has reportedly already signed on the dotted line. According to ESPN's Field Yates, offensive lineman and sixth-round pick Conor McDermott — taken with the No. 211 overall selection out of UCLA — has signed his rookie deal.  Because rookie contracts are slotted based on draft position, there isn't much wiggle room in terms of negotiations. A union executive once told Andrew Brandt that "a trained monkey could do these contracts." There are, however, instances when contract talks can drag