Bruce Arians loves speed.
So the Cardinals added some Wednesday, signing wide receiver Harvey Binford – who took part in the NFL’s pro player combine held at the Cards’ Tempe facility this past weekend -- to a contract.
The league has now held two “veteran” combines over the past three years, both in Tempe. The previous time, the Cardinals ended up with tight end
Binford joins a receiving corps that already has some speed thanks to
Before the move was announced, Arians, speaking at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, said he was "fine" with his current roster of receivers.
"Getting Jaron healthy and now Aaron Dobson, John Brown is working out twice a day now and not having symptoms so knock on wood we get the John Brown back that we know," Arians said. "Aaron is another tall big guy who has had success. We all love Jaron.
"So a top-round pick isn’t necessary. Again, if the right guy falls and you say, 'OK, where does he fit this year' and everyone says he’s a bust because he’s fighting his ass off to get on the field. We don’t need a plug-and-play player right now at that position."
Binford was with the Packers during the 2016 preseason, and has played arena football.
It was Binford’s speed that got him into football in the first place. In college, the 6-foot, 185-pound Binford took part in an intramural track meet at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was timed with a 4.22 40-yard dash, and those watching advised him to turn that speed into a football career.
He transferred to Lindenwood as a junior to get into the game. Post-college, after his arena football stint, he tried out for the Packers and was signed after running a 4.3.