The Miami Dolphins have secured the signature of their first-round draft pick Vontae Davis, kicking off a three-way battle for a cornerback spot in the Fins defence.
Davis, the #25 pick in the 2009 NFL draft from Illinois, has signed a five-year deal with terms not disclosed, but likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million given the numbers bandied about for the two players either side of him in the draft class who also signed in recent days, Peria Jerry and Clay Matthews Jr.
Davis will now compete for a single cornerback slot opposite veteran Will Allen with fellow 2009 draftee Sean Smith, whom the Dolphins picked up in the second round, and free agent pick-up Eric Green.
Give the money they will be paying Davis and to a lesser extent Smith, the rookies may have an edge in the contest, which will begin at training camp on Sunday.
Miami have two further draftees to sign up, though no dramas are expected for either quarterback Pat White from the second round and Chris Clemons, a safety who was taken in the fifth round.