Arizona Cardinals Bolster Offensive And Defensive Line With Free Agent Signings

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02: Nick Eason #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a sack against the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game on September 2 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with two players -- one on the offensive line and one on the defensive line. Center Lyle Sendlein is returning to the team to anchor the offensive line and, to fill the depth positions on the defensive line, they agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Nick Eason.

We all are quite familiar with Sendlein, the undrafted player who recently was ranked as one of the top 10 offensive interior linemen available in free agency. Bringing him back was important.

Eason is a 6-5, 305 lb player who has been a depth player in Pittsburgh. He has played seven seasons and 85 games. He has had five sacks in his career. 

With Eason, the Cards have brought in a guy who is going to already be familiar with Ray Horton's defensive philosophies and schemes. He will back up Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell

On the offensive line, with the signing of Sendlein and Daryn Colledge, only the right guard position is left unknown. The team is interested in bringing Deuce Lutui back, but many believe he will not return. That would leave Rex Hadnot, Jeremy Bridges (who is willing to play anywhere) or a new player to take over that position. Brandon Keith is expected to start at right tackle again in 2011.

On the defensive line, Arizona will likely re-sign Kenny Iwebema, but they will still need to address the defensive tackle position. 

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