Shorty after visiting with linebackers Larry Foote and Joey Porter, the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent offensive lineman Rex Hadnot to a three year, $9 million dollar contract on Thursday.
Hadnot spent the previous two seasons with the Cleveland Browns where he started 15 games, allowing only 1.5 sacks. Before that, he spent the previous four seasons with the Dolphins, where he started 55 games and allowed eight sacks. Hadnot has primarily been used as a guard throughout his career. Here's a scouting report that Mike Sando listed for Hadnot:
Hadnot was the Browns' starting right guard in 2008 and has demonstrated the ability to play any of the three interior offensive line positions. He is a powerful, wide-bodied blocker, but isn't particularly quick or agile. Once beaten, he is slow to recover and his overall agility is just average, but he does show the ability to engulf his opponent at times. Ideally, he is a swing interior backup
The Cardinals also signed Jeremy Bridges to a three year contract extension earlier Thursday, solidifying the depth along the offensive line. The remaining hole to fill is tackle, a spot that Mike Gandy vacated this offseason. Right tackle Levi Brown is expected to slide over to the left side, while third year tackle Brandon Keith and Bridges will compete for the right side - assuming the Cardinals don't draft a lineman early.
In another roster move, the Cardinals re-signed back up center Ben Claxton. Claxton didn't draw a qualifying offer after not being tendered last week, meaning the Cardinals were able to sign him to a cheaper price.
The Cardinals finished meeting with Hadnot on Wednesday, then signed him the next day. After meeting with Porter and Foote on Thursday, might we expect a contract Friday?