Clark Haggans Signs With The 49ers, But May Be Suspended For A Few Games

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Runningback Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the football past Clark Haggans #53 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 30-20. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We all know about the story of Clark Haggans and the DUI he obtained in 2011. Despite it sounding like a pretty viable reason, Haggans still isn't in the clear in terms of punishment.

The Cardinals cut him last Friday as a way to get down to the 53-man roster limit. So in return, Haggans decided to sign with the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers. Ouch.

But something I failed to see is why Haggans might have been released in the first place. It appears that he may be sidelined for the first three games of the season.

Matt Barrows, a writer for the Sacramento Bee that covers the 49ers, believes that Haggans could be facing a possible three game suspension to start off the season:

Could this be part of the reason that the Cardinals no longer required his services? I still believe that Quentin Groves outplayed him for the backup outside linebacker spot, but it's hard to imagine this not being some sort of a factor.

With Haggans out the first three games, that would have been a roster spot wasted to keep a 35 year old, less than productive backup around.

It really all adds up in my eyes, but what do you think? Do you believe the Cardinals still should have kept him anyways? Tell us in the comments section.

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