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Another Free Agent Arrives: Cardinals Sign Brooks Reed

Team adds second player recently released by Falcons

Then-Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed (50), who signed with the Cardinals Saturday, battles against then-Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer in a 2017 preseason game.
Then-Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed (50), who signed with the Cardinals Saturday, battles against then-Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer in a 2017 preseason game.

There are not a lot of free-agent options right now in the NFL, but the Cardinals are taking advantage of the ones that are.

For the second time this week, the Cards snatched up a recently released player, signing linebacker Brooks Reed to a one-year contract. The Cardinals had signed cornerback Robert Alford to a three-year contract on Thursday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapaport tweeted the deal was worth about $2 million.

Reed, like Alford, had been cut by the Falcons in a cost-cutting move. He appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons last season, starting half of them, with 24 tackles and a sack. Playing defensive end in Atlanta, he is expected to move to outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. Reed has 21.5 sacks in his eight-year career, with the majority of his best statistical seasons coming when he played as a linebacker with Houston when he came into the league.

Reed, who turns 32 later this month, is a Tucson native who played at the University of Arizona.

The Cardinals are looking to build up their outside linebacker depth chart behind Chandler Jones. Markus Golden remains a possibility, although he is scheduled to become a free agent in March. Vontarrius Dora has played for the Cardinals when they were in a 3-4. The other defensive ends on the roster, some of whom were signed to play in the 4-3 scheme of Steve Wilks, include Cameron Malveaux and impending free agents Benson Mayowa and Zach Moore.

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