A little over a week after the 2014 NFL Draft, former Alabama Crimson Tide and current Arizona Cardinals’ defensive lineman, Ed Stinson fired his previous agent, Isaac Conner of Allegiant Athletic Agency, and he hired Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey of Rosenhaus Sports Representation. The Cardinals drafted Stinson 160th overall in the 5th round of the NFL Draft.
Only hours after the Rosenhaus Sports signing, Bailey and Rosenhaus quickly negotiated a reported 4-year $2.4 million contract with an $186,740 signing bonus with the Cardinals.
Stinson totaled 5.5 sacks, 104 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss over his 4-year career at Alabama. Although Stinson’s college statistics are not spectacular, many late-round draft picks have had successful careers in the NFL. For example, Jay Ratliff (Cowboys 7th round draft pick in 2005) is a 4-time pro bowler and Elvis Dumervil (Broncos 4th round draft pick in 2006) is a 3-time pro bowler to name just 2 late-round defensive linemen.
Stinson’s Cardinals teammate Darnell Dockett expressed his excitement about Stinson’s future with the team. “Ed Stinson will be the next Dockett if not better, I will give him all the tools and show him all the tricks. No one showed me but I will,” Dockett wrote on Twitter. Dockett is a proven top-tier defensive lineman in the NFL and with his guidance Stinson could have a very successful NFL career.
Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal was the first to announce this signing.