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Draft Picks Signing Update

Draft Picks Signing Update

Two down, seven to go. <br><br> That's the way it stands now for the Bengals in the annual pursuit of signing draft picks. Offensive tackle Scott Kooistra, the first of the team's two seventh-rounders, has agreed to terms on a three-year deal that includes a $41,000 signing bonus. He joins No. 1 pick Carson Palmer as those who are now free to concentrate solely on football. <br><br>

"It was something me and my agent wanted to get done and out of the way," said Kooistra, a product of North Carolina State. "It's something the Bengals wanted to get done as well." The team has used up approximately $2.74 million of the $5.24 million it was allotted for this year's rookie salary pool. The rookie salary pool is the portion of the overall salary cap ($75.1 million in 2003) that a...

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