- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Washington Redskins signed five members of their rookie class Wednesday — agreeing to terms with running back Antonio Gibson, left tackle Saahdiq Charles, wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, center Keith Ismael and defensive end James Smith-Williams. 

Gibson, Charles and Ismael shared the news of their deals on social media. Gibson was drafted 66th overall out of Memphis, while Charles was taken 104th overall out of LSU and Ismael was selected 156th overall out of San Diego State.

The NFL Network, meanwhile reported news of Gandy-Golden’s deal. The Washington Post reported Smith-Williams’ contract.

Until Wednesday, Washington’s rookie class had remained unsigned. The deals come on the verge of training camp as rookies are expected to report Thursday.

“It’s Official,” Gibson tweeted, uploading a photo of him signing the contract while wearing a face mask. “New chapter.”

In an Instagram post about the deal, Charles revealed that his grandmother died over the weekend, but promised to make her proud.

“A feeling I can’t explain,” Charles wrote. “So happy and excited but sad at the same time. That I can’t show this picture and enjoy this moment with my grandmother that passed this weekend. She always wanted me to chase my dreams. I gotchu gramms.”

More signings should come in the next few days. Since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, rookie agreements are typically reached quickly because salaries are determined by the player’s draft slot. But this year proved to be an exception.

As of Wednesday, 13 of the league’s 32 first-rounders still remain unsigned — including Washington’s Chase Young. The NFL has seen a flurry of rookie signings this week with training camp set to begin.

Along with Young, fifth-round linebacker Khaleke Hudson and seventh-round safety Kamren Curl have yet to sign their rookie deals.

Charles will make $4 million over four years and was given nearly $800,000 in a signing bonus, The Washington Post reported.

Gibson’s deal has yet to be reported, but last year’s 66th overall pick, Pittsburgh’s Dioante Johnson, signed a four-year, $4.2 million contract. 

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