Arizona Cardinals announce four signings, releases

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The team continues to churn the roster.

Head coach Bruce Arians said last Thursday after their first rookie mini-camp practice that several tryout players stood out  and could be added the team, replacing players that had been signed for a week longer. 

He held true to his word as the team announced that four of those tryout players were signed by the team on Tuesday. 

It was already reported that the team signed former ASU receiver Kevin Ozier and former Oklahoma tackle Corey Brandon. The team announced those signings and also the signing of cornerback Jimmy Legree and running back Jalen Parmele

To make room for them, the team released running back Tim Cornett, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, receiver Corey Washington and tackle Kadeem Williams. 

Legree stood out in the one practice I saw last week, picking off a pass and also fulfilling an assignment in a fashion that led to the coaches praising him by name after a play.

Cornett, who was cut, was mentioned by Bruce Arians after practice on Tuesday. Arians said he had some catching up to do. Apparently that won't be with the Cardinals. 

Brandon (6-7, 324) entered the league with Tampa Bay as an undrafted rookie free in 2011 out of Oklahoma. He spent time on the Bears practice squad in 2012 and was released by Chicago following training camp in 2013. While at Oklahoma, Brandon played in 31 games with seven starts. He finished his senior season with 46 pancake blocks.

Legree (6-0, 187) played collegiately at South Carolina and started all 13 games as a senior in 2013, finishing second on the team with 55 tackles (41 solo) and three interceptions. He also added 5.5 tackles for loss and four passes defensed. Legree played free safety as a sophomore in 2011 before switching to cornerback for his junior and senior seasons. For his career, Legree started 23 games and had 111 tackles, six interceptions, and 10 passes defensed.

Ozier (6-2, 200) played in 40 games with 16 starts at Arizona State after beginning his career as a walk-on in 2009. As a senior, he played in 14 games and had 23 receptions for 354 yards and a touchdown. Ozier finished his Sun Devils career with 55 receptions for 847 yards (15.4 yard avg.) and seven touchdowns.

Parmele (5-11, 223) is a four-year NFL veteran who has played with the Baltimore Ravens (2008-10) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012), appearing in 35 career games (two starts) with 187 rushing yards on 47 carries, 60 yards on seven receptions, and 1,078 yards on 43 kickoff returns (25.1 yard avg.). Parmele entered the NFL with the Dolphins as a sixth-round selection (176th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Toledo. He was with the Tennessee Titans during training camp in 2013 before being released on August 30.

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