Cardinals Sign Ben Patrick

They're staying a little bit behind the rest of the NFL as far as locking their picks up early, but the Cardinals have just signed one of their 2007 draftees. Find out how much he'll be making and what the terms of the contract are below.

CardinalInsider's sources have confirmed that Arizona has come to terms with 7th Round draft choice Ben Patrick.

Patrick has agreed to a three year deal.  He will receive a 2.3 percent increase over the player drafted at his slot (5th overall in the 7th Round) in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Since he was drafted in the 7th round, this means that he will earn the league minimum for the first three seasons ($360,000 in his first year, $435,000 in his second, $510,000 in his third) of the deal and will be given a signing bonus of $44,500.

Patrick attended the University of Delaware and was drafted 213th overall by the Cardinals in the 2007 NFL Draft.  He was the third ranked tight end in's pre-draft rankings and was looked at by many to be a possible Day One pick.

But, some questions about his consistency and receiving ability dropped him to the last round of Day Two.

Now that he has signed on the dotted line, he can now focus on competing with 2006 3rd round selection Leonard Pope (who did little to establish himself during his rookie season) for the starting job in 2007.


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