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Cardinals Sign German DL Moubarak Djeri

Pass-rusher knows transition to NFL will be a tough one


Moubarak Djeri signs his contract with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals have gone across the pond for their most recent free agent signing.

The team inked defensive lineman Moubarak Djeri of the German Football League to a contract. Djeri, who is 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, had 12 sacks, 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles for the Cologne Crocodiles in 2017.

"It was a big dream, and right now it's life," Djeri said of signing an NFL contract. "I'm so excited to be here."

Djeri, 22, was born in the small West African nation of Togo and moved to Germany when he was 11 as part of a student exchange program. He began playing football with the junior team in Cologne at the age of 18. Djeri said he first became interested in the sport at the age of 6 while watching it on television.

Djeri said he has watched the Cardinals play and is familiar with defensive ends Markus Golden and Chandler Jones as well as cornerback Patrick Peterson. He realizes the jump to the NFL will be a steep climb.

"I know the NFL is much faster than the league I played in before," Djeri said. "But I'm going to keep working."

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