Redskins sign second-round pick Kelly to four-year, $3.36 million contract

Updated: July 14, 2008, 2:44 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Redskins broke what could be a logjam of potential unsigned second-round picks by signing wide receiver Malcolm Kelly to a four-year, $3.36 million deal.

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Included in the deal is $1.655 million of guarantees. Kelly, the 51st selection in the draft, becomes the second second-rounder to reach an agreement. On July 3, the Bears signed running back Matt Forte to a four-year deal. Kelly is the seventh of 10 Redskins draft choices to sign.

The NFLPA notified agents Wednesday to move cautiously on first- and second-round contracts because of a Special Master hearing scheduled for next week involving how to guarantee one-time bonuses with no collective bargaining agreement in 2011. The Redskins were concerned their three second-rounders, including Kelly, could be late for training camp because a decision might come after the team's opening of training camp on July 19.

Kelly is a former University of Oklahoma star who left school after his junior season, a season in which he caught 49 passes for 821 yards and nine touchdowns. He's a big target at 6-4, 219 pounds.

Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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