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Cardinals Sign LB Zach Brown, Release RB Alfred Morris

Former Eagle has a Pro Bowl on resume

The Cardinals signed linebacker Zach Brown Friday.
The Cardinals signed linebacker Zach Brown Friday.

With David Johnson healthy and Kenyan Drake coming off his impressive debut, the Cardinals made a roster move Friday to release extra running back Alfred Morris and sign veteran inside linebacker Zach Brown.

Brown, a second-round pick of the Titans in 2012, was released by the Eagles last month. He had a good season with Washington in 2018 according to Pro Football Focus, and made the Pro Bowl in 2016 as a replacement while playing for Buffalo. With the Eagles, Brown was part of the regular rotation, making 29 tackles -- two for loss -- in six games.

In his career, Brown has started 80 games, totaling seven interceptions and 17.5 sacks. The Cardinals have had some issues at inside linebacker. Jordan Hicks has been a mainstay at one spot, but Joe Walker had recently been promoted to the other spot in base defense while former starter Haason Reddick was relegated to sub-packages.

Walker played 42 defensive snaps against the 49ers, Reddick 33. Hicks played all 74 defensive snaps.

The Cardinals now have three ex-Eagles at inside linebacker in Brown, Hicks and Walker.