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1987 Draft : Rapid City Gets Even Quicker as Stouffer Chosen

April 29, 1987|RICH ROBERTS | Times Staff Writer

"They showed need," Bauer said. "If they trade Lomax, there's a bigger need. See what I'm saying? The leverage is there."

Stouffer, 22, said a few days ago: "For a quarterback in the first round, a conservative figure would be a contract worth $1.5 million for four years. (It's) money I can't imagine. You're talking to a guy whose best life work has been a $367-a-month scholarship."

Two years ago, Bauer and associate Mike Blatt represented another first-round choice by the Cardinals: Linebacker Freddie Joe Nunn from Mississippi.

"St. Louis has been fair," Bauer said. "They treated Freddie Joe very well. We don't expect real big problems. They need to get a quarterback in there. It's in their best advantage to speed it up and get it done."

Signing first-round choices has been difficult the last two years, but Stouffer said: "I intend to be there when training camp starts. It's my duty to be there. I owe it to the team and to the organization, and I will be there. You've gotta be there from Day 1, especially being a rookie quarterback."

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