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Toler Fifth Rookie To Sign

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Cornerback Greg Toler, the Cards' fourth-round draft pick, signed a three-year contract Friday. The Cards have three unsigned rookies left. 

Continuing to plug away at their unsigned draft picks, the Cardinals got cornerback Greg Toler – their fourth-round selection – to ink a three-year contract Friday.

Toler becomes the fifth of eight choices under contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Toler will reportedly receive a $316,000 signing bonus.

To make room on the roster for Toler, the Cardinals released wide receiver Justin Brown, an undrafted rookie out of Hampton.

Toler is the second rookie to sign this week, after the team locked up linebacker Will Davis Tuesday. The team's three top picks are the ones without deals: running back Beanie Wells, linebacker Cody Brown and safety Rashad Johnson.

Toler made a surprise climb up draft boards in April after playing at tiny Saint Paul's College in Virginia. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder has drawn comparisons to Cards starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team's top pick in 2008, because both are from small schools.

Toler, however, is a bit older than Rodgers-Cromartie. He ended up without a major scholarship because of poor grades, eventually finding his way to Saint Paul's. There, Toler had 14 interceptions, 36 pass breakups and 50 passes defended in 40 games.

He is trying to battle his way up the depth chart. Behind starters DRC and Bryant McFadden at cornerback, the Cards also have veterans Ralph Brown and Michael Adams and have used free safety Antrel Rolle as a nickel cornerback.


Contact Darren Urban at askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net. Posted 6/19/09.

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