Cardinals sign fourth-round pick Dorian Johnson to four-year deal

May 19, 2017, 2:46 PM | Updated: May 20, 2017, 1:09 pm
Rookie lineman Dorian Johnson during an OTA practice Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona ...
Rookie lineman Dorian Johnson during an OTA practice Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)
(Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

The Arizona Cardinals are excited about fourth-round pick Dorian Johnson’s future, and on Friday, they signed the offensive guard to a four-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Cardinals chose Johnson, from Pitt, 115th overall after he was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2016. Johnson played in 51 consecutive games — starting 42 — while seeing time at left guard, left tackle and right guard.

Widely seen as one of the top interior linemen in the draft, he fell to the fourth round because teams learned he suffers from primary sclerosing cholangitis, which he said he has dealt with for a while and takes medication for.

“It is what it is,” he said of falling in the draft. “I know what I can do on the field. I think the Cardinals’ coaches, the GM, they know what I can do as well. That’s all that matters to me.”

Johnson’s signing follows the inking of the team’s third-round pick, Chad Johnson, on Thursday. The team last weekend signed fifth-round picks Will Holden and T.J. Logan as well as sixth-round choice Rudy Ford, meaning of the team’s draft class, only second-round pick Budda Baker and first-rounder Haason Reddick remain without contracts.

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