Arizona Cardinals hire Buddy Morris as coach, sign center John Estes

Sam Greenwood

Arizona finds John Lott's replacement.

The Arizona Cardinals have hired the replacement for former strength and conditioning coach John Lott, who was fired last Friday. Replacing him is Buddy Morris, with whom head coach Bruce Arians worked in Cleveland years ago.

A veteran strength coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, Morris returns to the NFL where he previously worked as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-05. Morris comes to the Cardinals from the University of Buffalo where he spent the last year in his second stint with the Bulls; he previously served as the school's Director of Sports Performance in 2006.

A 1980 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Morris served three different stints at his alma mater as the Panthers strength and conditioning coach from 1980-89, 1997-2001 and 2007-2010. At Pittsburgh, Morris aided in the development of future NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Rickey Jackson, Chris Doleman, and Russ Grimm.

Morris also worked as the wellness director for the Horizon Hospital System in Sharon, PA from 1989-97.

Additionally, the Cardinals added a player to their roster, signing center John Estes.

Estes (6-2, 293) appeared in two games with the Jacksonville Jaguars after originally joining the team in 2010 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Hawaii. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve before playing two games in 2011 with the Jaguars. Estes missed the 2012 season on injured reserve. While at Hawaii, Estes was a four-year starter and a three-time first-team All-WAC selection.

After Mike Gibson becomes a free agent next week, Estes will be the third center on the roster. The others are starter Lyle Sendlein and Tommie Draheim, who spent time on the team's practice squad in 2013.

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