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Cardinals Add A Saint


Quarterback Brian St. Pierre (left) and safety Matt Ware each signed new contracts with the Cardinals Monday morning.

As expected, the Cardinals added a third quarterback to the roster Monday.

Brian St. Pierre, a five-year veteran who worked with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt when Whisenhunt was the Steelers' offensive coordinator, was signed to a one-year contract. He is third on the depth chart behind Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner.

But even with St. Pierre in place, general manager Rod Graves said it did not close the door on the possibility of bringing back 2007 third-string quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

The Cards also re-signed safety/special teamer Matt Ware with a two-year contract Monday, continuing to fill their roster depth.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound St. Pierre has thrown just one regular-season pass in the NFL after spending four seasons in Pittsburgh and one with Baltimore.

Last season, Whisenhunt attempted to have just two quarterbacks on the active roster, although the plan was derailed when Leinart and Warner suffered injuries in back-to-back games.

Whisenhunt has said he wasn't sure whether he would carry two or three quarterbacks this season.

Ware had 12 tackles on defense and another seven on special teams in 2007.

The Cardinals are still looking to re-sign more of their own free agents such as safety Oliver Celestin, cornerback Ralph Brown and defensive lineman Rodney Bailey.

The Cards are also still talking with free-agent linebacker Matt Stewart, who most recently has been with Cleveland.

 Contact Darren Urban at Posted 3/31/08.

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