As rookie mini-camp nears, the Arizona Cardinals have put ink to paper as they’ve signed six rookies, including No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray.
No holdouts here. The Arizona Cardinals have signed No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and five others to their rookie deals. The others include Byron Murphy, Zach Allen, KeeSean Johnson, Caleb Wilson, and Joshua Miles.
The Cardinals have yet to sign five other rookies; Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Deionte Thompson, Lamont Gaillard, and Michael Dogbe. But, they are expected to do so shortly.
All of the rookie deals are for four years, which is standard. However, Murray’s deal comes with the fifth-year option, which is, again, standard for a first-round pick. Per AZCardinals.com’s Darren Urban, Murray’s deal is set with a 2019 cap number at $6.39 million with a massive signing bonus of $2.59 million — I think he’ll be able to pay his MLB money back.
For the Cardinals, they get the majority of the rookie deals done headache free and can now move forward in terms of gridiron schematics. It also gives them a clear picture of what their salary cap looks like. Before the signings, they were sitting at around $13 million in cap space, but after the deals are over, there isn’t much expected to be left.
The newly signed, unsigned, and undrafted rookies will officially begin their Cardinals tenure on the playing field tomorrow during the rookie mini-camp. Though it’s essentially a glorified practice, it’ll be interesting to watch the scouting reports turn into reality. However, most pressure does rely upon the undrafted and late round picks.