The New Orleans Saints’ rookie class is signed, sealed and delivered.
New Orleans announced the signing of fourth-round pick David Onyemata on Wednesday, locking up the fifth and final draft pick of the 2016 draft class.
Onyemata, the Lagos, Nigeria native who moved to Canada and played at the University of Manitoba, was also selected in the fourth round of the CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week.
But he was always expected to sign with the Saints. Onyemata shares an agent with Saints head coach Sean Payton, and the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement spells out how much each draft pick will get paid, essentially taking the drama out of it.
“I think it shouldn’t be a long process,” Payton said at the team’s rookie minicamp on Saturday.