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Quickly Done: Josh Rosen Signs His Contract

Posted May 10, 2018

First-round pick gets deal done before first practice

Cardinals quarterbacks Josh Rosen (left) and Sam Bradford say hello Thursday as rookies arrived for minicamp.

There was a time when the Cardinals weren’t always able to get their first-round pick on the field at the beginning of training camp because the initial rookie contract was still to be hammered out.

No longer is that an issue.

“I don’t think we’ve ever signed a rookie, day one, walking in the door,” team president Michael Bidwill said Thursday, before the team’s first-round pick, quarterback Josh Rosen, signed his four-year contract on the eve of the team’s rookie minicamp.

The contract, as all first-round contracts do, has a team option for a fifth season.

“It’s been a long couple of months,” Rosen said. “Finally, we get to get back to some actual football.”

The contract, which is essentially slotted, will pay Rosen about $17.84 million for the four years, with a signing bonus of about $11 million.

Rosen and the rest of the rookies will have their first practice in the NFL Friday morning. They arrived to the facility Thursday afternoon to get a physical, get sized for equipment and take part in a team meeting Thursday night. Rosen also got a chance to meet fellow quarterback Sam Bradford for the first time.

The rest of the rookie draft class, currently unsigned, are second-round wide receiver Christian Kirk, third-round offensive lineman Mason Cole, fourth-round running back Chase Edmonds, sixth-round cornerback Chris Campbell and seventh-round offensive lineman Korey Cunningham.

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