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Cards Ink LB Baggs to a One-Year Deal

The Cardinals addressed their impending issues at linebacker by signing Stevie Baggs of the Canadian Football League to a one-year contract. Baggs, who is 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, tied for the CFL lead in sacks with 12 this year. Throughout his career, Baggs also made stops in NFL Europe, the Arena League, and the practice squad of the Detroit Lions.

The Cardinals hope, perhaps naively, that Baggs will add a pass rush dimension to a depleted outside linebacker core. With Berry retiring and Okeafor likely gone to free agency, the list of outside linebackers would consist of Clark Haggans, Cody Brown, Will Davis, Mark Washington (practice squad), and now Stevie Baggs.

The Cardinals will certainly have their work cut out for them if that is how they start the season. There has been some speculation that Arizona may sign Joey Porter, but given the organization’s track record with signing free agents it seems unlikely that they would be willing to pay Porter’s asking price.

After all, this is a front office that failed to reward their star quarterback with a prompt and appropriate contract after he took their hapless franchise to its first Super Bowl. It seems likely that Arizona’s young prospects will have to pan out for the Cardinals to have success at linebacker next year. Signing journeyman Stevie Baggs probably won’t get the job done.

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