Texas A&M Football: Christian Kirk officially signs with Arizona Cardinals

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Despite a report surfacing about an arrest back in February, former Texas A&M football wide receiver Christian kirk officially signed his rookie deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

It’s official: Christian Kirk is an NFL wide receiver. The former Texas A&M football star signed his rookie contract with the Arizona Cardinals, who took him with the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It has been a tumultuous week for Kirk. Reports surfaced of an arrest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open back in February that didn’t look good for him. Kirk was a model student while in College Station and had not been in any kind of trouble previously.

The Cardinals knew this, and they also looked into the situation and knew about it before the draft. There is no questioning this kid’s character despite one stupid mistake.

After signing his rookie contract Thursday, Kirk released a statement via the team.

"“I couldn’t wait for my day. When they told me I was going to be able to sign this week, I was more than happy. Obviously I’ve been with the team for some weeks, but to be officially signed is awesome. It’s such a great feeling and the official start of a new journey.”“I think every practice I’m getting better. I can’t expect myself to go out there and be perfect, even though that’s what I want. There have been dropped passes, missed assignments, but that just comes with the process of being a rookie. I’m learning a lot from (the veterans). I feel like every day I’m getting better, and I feel like after Week two of OTAs, I had my best practice today.”"

Kirk and fellow 2018 draft pick Josh Rosen, quarterback from UCLA, are expected to be the future of this franchise. It’s a feel-good story for both of them. Rosen has a chip on his shoulder after being the fourth quarterback taken (despite being the 10th pick), and Kirk is from the Scottsdale area, so it’s a home coming of sorts for him. The two also went to high school camps together as Rosen is from the Southern California area.

Kirk couldn’t ask to be going into a better environment. Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most respected veterans in the NFL. He is the consummate professional. He is also entering the twilight of his career, so Kirk will have a all-time great running mate who is also probably going to retire in a year or two, leaving him an opening to be the team’s go-to wide receiver.

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Also, with the team drafting Rosen and hiring a new head coach this year, expectations are low for the time being. Kirk won’t have much pressure to be great right away. Although here’s to hoping he is. Gig Em!

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