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Cardinals Agree With Linebacker Ezekiel Turner On New Contract

Special teams ace remains on a one-year deal

LB Zeke Turner against the Chiefs in a 2021 preseason home game

Ezekiel Turner isn't going anywhere this offseason.

Turner agreed to terms with the Cardinals on a one-year deal on Friday, keeping the 25-year-old versatile linebacker in the desert for another season.

Turner suited up in just five games in 2021 because of injuries and had six defensive snaps on the year. He's a core piece for the special teams unit.

After making the Cardinals' roster four years ago as an undrafted free agent from the University of Washington, Turner led the team in special teams tackles (22) in 2018 and tied linebacker Dennis Gardeck for the most (15) in 2020.

General Manager Steve Keim has prioritized retaining important pieces on special teams during the early parts of free agency. Turner's re-signing comes on the heels of punter Andy Lee, special teams ace and pass rusher Gardeck and long snapper Aaron Brewer receiving new deals this week.