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Signings Become Official

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Cards ink five new players, bring back 10 of their own

Linebacker Stewart Bradley was one of five free agents the Cards signed Friday.


With the time for official contract signings arriving at 3 p.m. Friday, the Cardinals finally were able to announce all the deals that had been done – and slowly leaked – over the past few days.

The Cardinals agreed to a five-year contract with former Eagles inside linebacker Stewart Bradley, who was on his way to Arizona to sign. They signed Browns wide receiver Chansi Stuckey (two years), Packers tackle Daryn Colledge (five years), Steelers defensive end Nick Eason (two years) and Panthers tight end Jeff King (three years).

The Cardinals also brought back their own starting center, Lyle Sendlein, on a five-year contract.

ROOKIES ON THEIR WAY

The wait begins – although it isn’t expected to be a long wait – for No. 1 pick Patrick Peterson to sign, and second-round pick Ryan Williams as well. Third-round tight end Rob Housler has yet to sign, although he tweeted he was on his way to Arizona.

The rest of the rookie draft class – linebacker Sam Acho, fullback Anthony Sherman, linebacker Quan Sturdivant, defensive end David Carter and receiver DeMarco Sampson – all signed four-year contracts Friday.

RETURNING VETS

Aside from Sendlein, the Cards re-signed seven other of their own free agents: safety Hamza Abdullah, cornerback Michael Adams, tackle D’Anthony Batiste, center Ben Claxton, punter Ben Graham, fullback Reagan Maui’a and tight end Stephen Spach.

Two of the three players extended restricted free agent tenders -- tackle Brandon Keith and wide receiver Early Doucet -- signed. Running back Tim Hightower has not yet signed his tender offer.

AN EXTRA UNDRAFTED

The Cardinals signed one more undrafted free agent: Cal defensive back Bryant Nnabuife.

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