Three Cards Sign Free Agent Contracts

Tight ends Ronnie Ghent and Richard Owens, and cornerback Josh Minkins of the University of Louisville football team have each signed NFL free agent contracts on Sunday.

Tight ends Ronnie Ghent and Richard Owens, and cornerback Josh Minkins of the University of Louisville football team have each signed NFL free agent contracts on Sunday.

After the conclusion of the draft on Sunday evening, Ghent was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, Owens inked with the Minnesota Vikings and Minkins signed with the Chicago Bears.


Richard Owens  (ITV)
"I'm excited to be headed to the Vikings," said Owens. "They were one of the teams on my list and I'm looking forward to the experience. They told me that I could go there and compete right away for the starting long snapper position and play some tight end."

Owens will be re-acquainted with former Louisville assistant coach Scott Linehan who is currently with the Vikings as the offensive coordinator.

Ghent, the only four-time first team All-Conference USA selection, caught 34 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games with the Cardinals. He concluded his career 10th all-time with 118 receptions for 1,349 yards and 15 scores.

The Eagles have four tight ends on their roster, but Ghent was excited about the opportunity to compete.

"I'm looking forward to the chance to go in there and compete," said Ghent. "I know I have the ability, but now I have to go there and show the Eagles what I ca do."

Owens, who is considered one of the top long snappers in the country, had 12 receptions for 121 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Minkins started all 13 games at corner for the Cardinals, recording 61 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

The three will report this weekend to their respective teams for rookie camp.


Josh Minkins  (ITV)

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