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Cardinals Sign Linebacker Markus Bailey

Former Bengal brings special teams ability

The Cardinals have signed free-agent linebacker Markus Bailey.
The Cardinals have signed free-agent linebacker Markus Bailey.

As the Cardinals digest the new kickoff rules in the NFL, they also continue to add players that can help on special teams.

Linebacker Markus Bailey, formerly with the Bengals, inked a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Bailey, a one-time seventh-round pick in 2020, played 60 games for Cincinnati, starting four games with half a sack and four pass deflections in a reserve role.

At inside linebacker, the Cardinals already signed Mack Wilson Sr. as a free agent this season, as well as re-signing Krys Barnes. Bailey could battle for the vacant inside spot/special teams role held by Ezekiel Turner, who left as a free agent and signed with the 49ers. Bailey had 20 special teams tackles the past two seasons.

The Cardinals also reportedly had veteran wide receiver Zay Jones in for a free-agent visit Tuesday. Jones was recently released by the Jaguars in a cost-cutting move.

Veterans are in the middle of Phase Two voluntary work. Rookies arrive Thursday for rookie minicamp, which begins Friday.