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Goff, Rams Draft Picks Sign Rookie Contracts

Posted Jun 9, 2016

The Rams held their annual rookie signing day on Thursday, as each of the six club's 2016 draft picks inked their first pro contracts.

Across the NFL, different teams go through various ways of having all of their draft picks sign their first rookie contract. Some like to get it done as soon as possible, having many of the players put pen to paper during the weekend of rookie minicamp. Others spread out the relatively simple process throughout Phase II and Phase III of the offseason program.

The Rams are fairly unique in that the franchise stages one signing day for all draft picks. This year, that day fell on June 9.

With the latest collective bargaining agreement, there are few details to be hammered out with slotted contracts. That makes it easier for the franchise and its newly drafted players to come together on one day for each of them to sign.

This day also comes after a fairly extensive rookie orientation process. As head coach Jeff Fisher has talked about in the past, the Rams want to make sure rookies have all the tools they need to be a successful pro — both on and off the field — before they sign their contracts.

Now that process is over, and the six draftees inked their deals in Oxnard on Thursday. Here’s what each had to say upon putting pen to paper.

“It’s exciting. I think I felt like I was a part of the Rams since the moment they selected me. But to finally put the ink to the paper and make it official is awesome.”

Jared Goff, quarterback

“Mama Higs and Papa Higs — both my parents [come to mind]. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me to this point. And some of my close friends and coaches that I’ve had along the way, who have also helped me.”

Tyler Higbee, tight end

“It means everything, just to get to this point today from pop warner, to middle school, all the way up to high school and college. Just finally signing an official NFL contract for the Los Angles Rams. It’s an honor. I just thank God to be where I’m at today.”

Pharoh Cooper, wide receiver

“I give a lot of credit to God himself because without him, none of this would’ve been possible. But my mom — she really helped me get to where I am today. She made me the man I am now, so I give her most of the credit as well.”

Temarrick Hemingway, tight end

“It means a lot. I think about all the gassers and all the times it got hard, and things like that. …It’s definitely surreal. I got goosebumps while I was signing. So it definitely feels official now.”

Josh Forrest, linebacker

“It means a lot to me. It’s what I dreamed of when I was a little kid. Now that it’s reality, you’ve just got to keep going. I want to be great, so it’s just the beginning.”

Mike Thomas, wide receiver