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Arizona Cardinals Sign Three 2014 Draft Picks

May 17th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals did not waste any time following the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Red Birds have signed tight end Troy Niklas, defensive end Kareem Martin and wide receiver John Brown to four-year contracts.

Niklas is a second round pick while Martin and Brown are third round selections.

Niklas is from the University of Notre Dame. Martin went to school at the University of North Carolina while Brown matriculated at Division II Pittsburg State (KS).

The rest of Arizona's 2014 NFL Draft class – first rounder Deone Bucannon, fourth-rounder Logan Thomas, fifth-rounder Ed Stinson and sixth-rounder Walter Powell — is not expected to take a significant amount of time to sign to contracts.

The Red Birds begin organized team activities next week, although all the rookies arrived Monday after the draft and were on the field Tuesday morning taking part in the Phase 2 workouts. 

 According to the NFLPA website, the Cardinals were listed with about $5.5 million in salary cap space. Not all rookies will impact the cap in the offseason, when only the top 51 cap numbers are figured into the team’s cap total.

Did these signings come quickly? Not really. Speeding through signings is becoming more and more prevalent around the league. The Chicago Bears, who were at the forefront of quick deals after the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, have already signed their entire draft class.

That's impressive and makes a lot of sense. The earlier a team's draft class can be inked to contracts, the sooner they can begin their off-season programs, OTA's, studying of the playbook, etc.

It's the way to go in this era of the National Football League, no question about it.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, John Brown, Kareem Martin, NFL, Troy Niklas

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