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Former Arizona Cardinals Eric Winston, Alfonso Smith find work in NFC West

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Arizona might see some familiar faces in divisional games.

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Two former Arizona Cardinals who were not re-signed by the team this offseason now have jobs.

Running back Alfonso Smith will join the San Francisco 49ers, now that their running back room has been rocked with injuries. He announced the news on Instagram.

The most notable former Cardinals player left unsigned previously was right tackle Eric Winston. However, he too has work in the NFC West. He announced on Twitter that he was joining the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

As it goes, Cardinals fans should wish them well personally, but we do not wish their teams well because we want the Cardinals to win the division.

Winston started all 16 games at right tackle last season after signing on the first day of training camp. Pro Football Focus stats say he struggled, but his play improved down the stretch.

Smith made the team as the fourth running back out of camp after showing great improvement in pass protection. He had a few carries early in the year, but after his fumble late in the game at San Francisco, he didn't get to run the ball again that season.

He was a practice squad player  in 2010. In 2011, he made the team and even was the starter early in the season with injuries affecting the running backs. In 2012, he was among final cuts, getting beat out by William Powell. However, injuries to Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells brought him back again.