It's official: Former LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson has signed a three-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
The 382-pound, 6'7" Johnson was picked 167th overall in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Last year's 167th overall pick, Dan Walden, was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys out of Middle Tennessee State University.
While the team is quick to disclose the details of Johnson's contract, Albert Elias, Johnson's agent, stated that the middle linebacker did get an increase from what the pay would have been for the same draft number last year, the aforementioned Walden.
"We set a good precedent," said Elias to the media on Wednesday.
Johnson was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and was also a first-team All-American in his senior year. Johnson started the last 38 games of his college career at left and right guard for the LSU Tigers and is the first member of Arizona's eight player 2009 NFL draft selections to agree to contract terms.
Johnson was one of the largest players to ever put on an LSU uniform. At 6'7", his height and power was recognized throughout the SEC.
What does this mean for the Cardinals? In a time where the team is having disputes with its major offensive players like Anquan Boldin, it's good to see that they are able to strike a deal with the big guy from LSU. As the first to sign with the 'Cards as a member of the 2009 NFL Draft class, he can also set an example for the other rookies that have just entered the big league.
Big hopes from this offensive linebacker out of LSU, hopefully he will help to build upon an already solid Cardinals team.