Seventh-round pick Jim Dray, a tight end, was the first to sign his deal and the first lower-round pick to get a four-year contract now that the Cardinals have lengthened their later-round agreements by a year.
Terms were not announced, but Foxsports.com’s Adam Caplan reported it was worth $1.84 million, with a signing bonus of $49,000.
Dray is among a large contingent of tight ends fighting to make the roster. Veterans
With the signing, the Cards don’t have to make any roster moves yet, but they will have to start releasing players off the roster beginning with the next draft pick signing to remain at the official 80-man limit. Drafted players do not count against the roster until signed, but the Cards have 86 total players right now.
The other lower picks are also expected to sign soon.
General manager Rod Graves said earlier in the week the Cardinals would now be doing four-year contracts for draft picks in the third through seventh rounds, as opposed to the three-year deals they once completed, because that was the trend in the NFL.
Graves also said discussions are underway with first-round draft pick
“That’s a part I am not in control of,” Williams said. “All I can do is make sure I am in the best shape possible. I want to be in camp. My plan is to be here July 29 (when rookies report to Tempe), but hey, I am fine. I want to show coach (Ken) Whisenhunt and (defensive line) coach (Ron) Aiken they made a good investment.”