The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have added a pair of players to their offseason roster, but they are not rookies. They signed linebacker Keenan Clayton and safety Anthony Walters. Both signed one-year deals.
Clayton (6-1, 230) has played in 36 career games (one start) over three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2010-11) and Oakland Raiders (2012) and has 29 tackles on defense, four passes defensed and one forced fumble along with 26 special teams tackles. He entered the league with the Eagles as a fourth-round pick (121st overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
Clayton played in seven games as a rookie and had 13 special teams tackles before playing in 14 games with Philadelphia in 2011 where he had 18 tackles on defense. In his only season in Oakland, he played in 15 games and had five special teams tackles.
Walters (6-1, 207) played in 13 games with the Chicago Bears last season and had 10 special teams tackles. He originally entered the NFL with Chicago as a rookie free agent in 2011 out of Delaware and appeared in four games as a rookie before playing all 16 games with one start in 2012 where he had seven tackles and a fumble recovery to go along with 10 special teams tackles.
For his career, Walters has played in 33 games (one start) and has recorded 21 special teams tackles, seven tackles on defense, one forced fumble and two tackles for loss.
Both players appear to be guys that are going to have to make the teams by being fantastic on special teams. Last season, they picked up Jonathon Amaya with the same idea. In the end Tony Jefferson made the team over him, but these players seem like the same type of signings.
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