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The Cardinals added to their defensive line depth Monday by signing veteran Bryan Robinson to a two-year contract..

The Cardinals' roster is slowly filling up.

The team signed veteran defensive lineman Bryan Robinson to a two-year contract Monday, the Cards' third signing in the past week. Earlier the team brought in running back Chris Vincent and re-signed safety Oliver Celestin.

That gives the Cardinals 61 players on the roster. General manager Rod Graves said the team still expects to bring back defensive lineman Rodney Bailey. Free-agent linebacker Matt Stewart is also a possibility.

The team is also expected to add a second punter and a fourth quarterback at some point, which could include Mitch Berger and/or Tim Hasselbeck, respectively.

"We still could be in the market for one or two more players but I wouldn't expect that activity to happen before the draft," Graves said.

With teams no longer able to have NFL Europe roster exemptions in training camp, the Cardinals don't have far to go to reach the 80-man roster limit. As of now, they will have seven draft picks plus undrafted rookies to add to the team by the end of the month.

Graves said the Cardinals should finish up draft meetings by the end of the week, with "clean-up work" on a handful of players early next week.

Robinson is going into his 12th season in the NFL, spending the past three seasons in Cincinnati. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Robinson will play both end and tackle for the Cardinals.

Gabe Watson is the starting nose tackle, with Alan Branch as the backup. While Darnell Dockett is officially a defensive tackle, he has been used more as an end in the Cards' 3-4 defensive looks. Antonio Smith is the other starting end.

The Cardinals also have Joe Tafoya and Bo Schobel for primary depth as down linemen.

Mostly a reserve in 2007 after starting four games at defensive end, Robinson had 28 tackles and 1½ sacks. But the 6-foot-4, 304-pounder has started the majority of his career, including a long stretch (1999 through 2003) in Chicago.

Robinson, who has 22 sacks in his career, played in Miami in 2004 before signing with the Bengals.

Contact Darren Urban at Posted 4/14/08. Updated 4/14/08.

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