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Sixth-rounder Davis Signs Contract

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 Linebacker Will Davis, the Cardinals' sixth-round draft pick, signed a three-year contract Tuesday.

The Cardinals continued the work of getting their draft picks under contract when sixth-round selection Will Davis signed a three-year deal Tuesday.

As per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Davis, along with second-round pick Cody Brown, were selected to aid the Cards' pass rush and also to develop into linebackers for the Cards' 3-4 defensive alignment. Both Davis, from Illinois, and Brown, from Connecticut, played defensive end in college.

To officially make room for Davis on the 80-man roster, the Cardinals released punter Waylon Prather, leaving veteran Ben Graham as the only punter on the team. Graham and kicker Neil Rackers will be unchallenged going into training camp, barring a move.

With the Cardinals already at the 80-man limit, every rookie signing compels another release. The Cards now have 84 players on the roster – 80 under contract and four draftees unsigned. Still needing contracts are running back Beanie Wells, Brown, safety Rashad Johnson and cornerback Greg Toler.   

Davis totaled 15 sacks in three seasons on defense in college, after playing wide receiver and tight end when he first arrived at Illinois. He had 9½ sacks as a junior before being limited to just 3½ sacks as a senior.

"You dream about this," Davis said about signing. "In college locker rooms, that's all people talk about. People talk about the League all the time, not just signing on the dotted line but putting on the helmet and being on the field and getting pictures taken, it just blows your mind away.

"I still have people calling me saying, 'You play for the Arizona Cardinals,' like they are in awe."


Contact Darren Urban at askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net. Posted 6/16/09.

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