With slotted contract numbers and a draft that took place two weeks later, it makes sense that the players chosen by the Cardinals will sign their contracts sooner rather than later.
The stream started Thursday, with second-round pick Troy Niklas and third-round choices Kareem Martin and John Brown inking their new deals. Each signed four-year contracts.
The remainder of the class – first-rounder
As of Thursday morning, the NFLPA website had the Cardinals 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.
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.