Pass rusher Stevie Baggs has signed a one-year contract with the Cards.
The Cardinals, searching for pass rushers and trying to get younger at the position, have looked at the Canadian Football League to find a possible piece at linebacker.
Unlike last year, the Cardinals found one of those players.
In signing undersized defensive end Stevie Baggs – who tied for the CFL lead in sacks with 12 while playing for Saskatchewan this season – to a one-year contract Wednesday, the Cards have made the first step in trying to rebuild an aging linebacking corps.
At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Baggs could fit with the Cards’ 3-4 alignment. With
The Cardinals were interested in CFL pass-rushing star Cameron Wake a season ago, bringing Wake in for a tryout before Wake eventually signed in Miami.
This time, they signed Baggs, 28, a Florida native who played his college ball at Bethune-Cookman before fashioning a journeyman’s football résumé with stops in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and the practice squad of the Detroit Lions. He spent time with the Edmonton and Winnipeg franchises before signing with Saskatchewan last winter (the CFL plays in the summer) and having a breakout season.
Baggs tied British Columbia’s Rickey Foley for the league lead in sacks and Foley too is trying to follow in the footsteps of Baggs and Wake to the NFL, reportedly trying out for teams like the Jets and Patriots.
Baggs joins an outside linebackers mix that includes veteran