Players began reporting to the team’s practice facility at noon and will make the rounds – meeting with the head coach, their position coach, the equipment staff, etc. – before dinner at 6 p.m.
The dinner is mandatory to ensure that all players are in town and checked in.
For some of the front office personnel, however, the primary focus has been on the players that are not able to check in because of pending contracts.
As of early Friday afternoon, the two players who fell into that category were first-round draft choices
As of Friday evening, Best had agreed to terms on a five-year deal, meaning he will be in Allen Park Saturday for the first team meetings and the first practice in the afternoon.
That leaves an obvious goal to get Suh signed as soon as possible.
But even though that is something Head Coach Jim Schwartz would like to happen, he is also aware of the NFL reality that dictates the contract process.
“When one domino falls, all of a sudden you start getting a lot more,” said Schwartz.
“I think the biggest domino in this draft is obviously Sam Bradford at No. 1. Then once that domino falls, all of a sudden the other ones will fall pretty quickly in place because you’ll establish a little bit of a structure.”
Though the ideal situation would be to have Suh participating from day one, Schwartz isn’t concerned about the defensive lineman missing a few days.
“It’s part of the business,” he said.
If it were an extended miss, however, Schwartz says it would be significant.
“An extended period definitely would set him back,” he said.