The Arizona Cardinals made a trio of roster moves on Wednesday. First, they placed defensive lineman Darnell Dockett on injured reserve, ending his season. Then they signed a pair of defensive linemen to one-year deals -- Isaac Sopoaga and Ryan McBean.
Sopoaga (6-2, 330) is a 10-year NFL veteran who split the 2013 season between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. After signing with the Eagles as a free agent prior to last season, he played in eight games (seven starts) with Philadelphia and had 18 tackles (10 solos) before he was traded to New England on October 29 where he played in six games (two starts) and collected two tackles and a sack.
He began his career with the San Francisco 49ers after he was selected in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Hawaii. He spent nine seasons with the 49ers (2004-12), including in 2010 when he set career-highs with 75 tackles (40 solos), and 1.5 sacks while starting all 16 games. A native of American Samoa, Sopoaga has appeared in 139 career games (89 starts) and collected 467 tackles (252 solos), 8.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and nine passes defensed. He was released by the Patriots on March 12.
McBean (6-5, 305) has played with the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers in his NFL career and has appeared in 47 games (21 starts) with 77 tackles (49 solos), four sacks, one fumble recovery and 10 tackles for loss. He began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers after he was selected in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State.
He played in one game with the Steelers as a rookie before spending the 2008 season on the Broncos practice squad. McBean then went on to play in 46 games with Denver over three seasons (2009-11) before missing the 2012 season on injured reserve with the Baltimore Ravens (ankle).
It is unsure where they fit in the team's plans, as they already have six defensive linemen who should be on the roster between their veterans and draft picks. We'll see how they get used in the last couple of preseason games.
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