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Cardinals Add Darryl Sharpton

Veteran inside linebacker arrives as more depth at the position

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The Cardinals signed linebacker Darryl Sharpton (53), who played with the Bears last season.


The Cardinals know they need to bolster the inside linebacker position, and even though they didn't draft anyone for the position, they haven't let it alone either.

The latest move came Wednesday when the team signed veteran Darryl Sharpton, who played with the Bears in 2014, to a one-year deal. To make room for Sharpton,

the Cardinals cut safety Eddie Whitley.

Sharpton was originally drafted by the Texans out of the University of Miami in 2010. He signed with the Redskins in 2014 before getting hurt late in the preseason and coming to an injury settlement. He then signed with Chicago last season, where he played in just five games. He played a career-most 15 games with Houston in 2013, with eight starts that season. Sharpton has one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery in his career.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had said following the draft the team wanted to address the position. Four of the undrafted rookies the Cardinals signed play inside linebacker as well: Alani Fua, Edwin Jackson, Andrae Kirk and Gabe Martin.

The Cardinals also have veterans Sean Weatherspoon, Kevin Minter, Glenn Carson and Kenny Demens, and continue to wait for the situation of the suspended Daryl Washington to be resolved.



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