Arizona Cardinals re-sign Alameda Ta'amu, add Roger Kingdom to coaching staff

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The coaching staff grows by one and last year's productive waiver claim is retained.

The Arizona Cardinals announced two moves -- one to the roster and one to the coaching staff.

The have re-signed nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu to his exclusive rights tender, locking him up one more season before he can be a restricted free agent.

Ta'amu (6-3, 348) played in 14 games (three starts) last season with the Cardinals after the team claimed him off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 1. He had 13 tackles, including three for loss, and added two QB pressures in his first season in Arizona. He spent his rookie season with the Steelers in 2012 after being selected in the fourth round (109th overall) of the NFL Draft out of Washington. He was inactive for seven games as a rookie and also spent six weeks on the team's practice squad.

He is currently recovering from an ACL tear he suffered late in the season.

They also added former gold medalist Roger Kingdom to the staff, making him an assistant strength and conditioning coach to Buddy Morris, who recently replaced John Lott. Pete Alosi, who was an assistant under Lott, also remains on staff as an assistant. Kingdon will be known as the team's "speed coach,"

A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 110-meter hurdles in 1984 and 1988, Kingdom is a former world and American record holder and one of only two runners to ever win consecutive Olympic titles in the 110-meter hurdles.

Kingdom has spent the past 10 years as the Director of the Track & Field and Cross Country programs at California University of Pennsylvania.

He is a five-time United States outdoor champion (1985, 1988-90, 1995) and won gold medals at the Pan American Games (1983, 1985), the World Cup (1989) the World University Games (1989) and the Goodwill Games (1990). Kingdom set the world record of 12.92 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles in 1989, a time that would last until it was broken in 1993. He was named the 1989 USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the 1989 Jesse Owens International Amateur Athlete of the Year and the Track and Field News 1989 Athlete of the Year.

A Vienna, GA native, Kingdom was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2005 after previously being inducted into the Georgia State Hall of Fame and the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 2002.

He attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship and also excelled on the school's track team where he won the NCAA outdoor national championship in the 110-meter hurdles in 1983 and the NCAA indoor national championship in the 55-meter hurdles in 1984.

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