FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 09: Jamaal Westerman #55 of the New York Jets celebrates after he sacked Tom Brady of the New England Patriots on October 9, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
In what was expected following the release of Clark Haggans the Cardinals added a Linebacker to the mix.
Two teams had put in Waiver claims for Westerman, the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers
. Formerly drafted by the Jets
he was then picked up by the Dolphins
this offseason. According to people over at the SB Nation site 'Phinsider', the fans didn't think much of him. He was cut in favor of two rookies, one of them being undrafted, and didn't receive a lot of time on the field. He also wasn't a fit in their 4-3 Defense. Jets were high on him. but after failing to get big numbers like he was projected to in 2011, they cut ties with him. Here are his stats.
2009- 14 GP 10 tackles, 1 sack
2010- 6 GP 7 tackles, 0 sacks
2011- 16 GP, 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks
He is however in the vicinity of every play, and makes plays recovering a fumble in each of his first 3 seasons, and can knock the ball out as well. I don't see him as anything more than relief, but in Ray Hortons Defensive scheme where the linebackers are the key to success, maybe he'll find his niche.
Quarterback Rich Bartel is expected to be released today.
DT Ricky Lumpkin & Ricky Elmore (UofA) added to PS.