Willie Roaf says he's going back to school. A.J. Hawk, Vernon Davis, and several other first-round draft picks are ready to start their first NFL jobs.
Roaf, an 11-time Pro Bowl tackle, says he's retiring and going back to college. The Kansas City Chiefs are holding out hope that he'll return for a 14th season.
The 36-year-old Roaf told The Kansas City Star yesterday, the first day of Chiefs' training camp, that he was retiring.
Hawk, the Green Bay Packers' top pick and fifth overall, agreed to a six-year deal with the team.
A person familiar with the contract, who requested anonymity because the deal was not yet complete, said the deal was worth $37.5 million but could be worth up to $40 million under certain conditions.
Hawk's Ohio State teammate and fellow linebacker Bobby Carpenter agreed to a five-year, $12 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Carpenter, taken 18th overall, was to receive about $7.5 million guaranteed.
Davis signed his contract with the San Francisco 49ers just in time for the first practice of training camp. The tight end, taken sixth overall out of Maryland, was the last of San Francisco's nine draft choices to sign with the club.
Four other first-round picks agreed to five-year deals: defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (12th overall) with the Ravens, receiver Santonio Holmes (25th overall) with the Steelers, defensive tackle John McCargo (26th overall) with the Bills, and tight end Marcedes Lewis (28th overall) with the Jaguars.