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Ezekiel Turner Signs Tender Offer To Stay With Cardinals

Linebacker has become key special teams player

Linebacker Ezekiel Turner celebrates a special teams play in New York against the Jets last season.
Linebacker Ezekiel Turner celebrates a special teams play in New York against the Jets last season.

The Cardinals completed their last bit of pre-draft business Monday when restricted free agent Ezekiel Turner´╗┐, a mainstay on special teams, signed his one-year tender to keep him around in 2021.

The linebacker, a one-time undrafted rookie, had three memorable special teams plays last season, blocking a punt in the season opener at San Francisco and later in the season, hauling in a 26-yard pass from punter Andy Lee on fourth down in a home game against the Eagles, as well as blocking a punt that eventually led to a touchdown.

Turner was the last tendered player that needed to sign; fellow linebackers Dennis Gardeck and Kylie Fitts did so last week.

He played a career-high 348 special-teams snaps last season, with only six on defense. He had a team-leading 15 special-teams tackles and has 43 special-teams tackles in three seasons.

The Cardinals will likely hold off on any more roster moves now until the draft, which begins April 29. Turner is already the team's 79th player on the roster, which can number up to 90 through training camp.

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