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Cardinals sign third round OT Josh Jones to rookie deal

The 72nd overall pick will compete for playing time at right tackle.

NCAA Football: Houston at Rice Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly following the announcement that eighth overall pick Isaiah Simmons had agreed to his rookie deal with the team, it’s being reported that third round rookie Josh Jones also has a contract.

Via ESPN’s Field Yates, the former Houston standout OT has signed a four year rookie contract just in time to (potentially) participate in workouts at the Cardinal facility.

Jones recently took part in a “OL Masterminds Summit” on July 10th, but news surrounding the Cardinal third rounder had been relatively sparse. Unlike Simmons, Jones’s development will likely be slow played by the team given his draft status and position.

Not to mention the gluttony of offensive tackles the Cardinals suddenly have on their roster, with recent addition Kelvin Beachum supposedly ready to compete for playing time on the right side.

Jones was a plus pass protector during his four year stint as a starter at the University of Houston, but is likely behind in his pro development thanks to a lack of onsite workouts with Cardinal coaches. To date, the 23 year old has yet to have a formal practice/workout with the team since their time together back in February at the NFL Combine.

Finances regarding Jones’ deal are unknown at the writing of this article, although projects the rookie to have a 2020 cap hit of just under $900k.