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NFL free agents: Arizona Cardinals re-sign Bradley Sowell, add CB Damond Smith

The offensive lineman returns.

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Offensive tackle Bradley is returning to the Arizona Cardinals. The team announced it signed the three-year veteran to a one-year deal.

Also announced by the team was the signing of cornerback Damond Smith.

Sowell was eligible to be a restricted free agent, allowing the Cardinals to have tendered a qualifying offer -- which is expected to be about $1.5 million for a "same round" tender. It was unlikely he would have been tendered, so he would have been free to sign elsewhere, but he has only played in the league with Bruce Arians as his coach.

Sowell, who entered the league as an undrafted rookie, was claimed off waivers from the Colts at the end of the preseason in 2013. He became the team's starting left tackle when Levi Brown was traded to the Steelers. He was relegated to special teams play in 2014 after the team signed Jared Veldheer. He played in all 16 games on special teams.

Sowell will have to battle to make the roster, but he does offer positional flexibility. He can play both tackle and both guard spots, making him a valuable bench player.

Since he is signing now, it is more than likely he will be paid much less than the lowest qualifying tender for restricted free agents.

Smith, a 6-0, 185-pound corner, fits the profile the Cards like with their corners -- long. Of the nine cornerbacks on the roster, only two are under six feet.

He spent last preseason with Kansas City but was released in the Chiefs final roster cut on September 5. He spent the 2013 season on the practice squad of the B.C. Lions in the Canadian Football League after playing his final two college seasons at South Alabama. Smith played his first two collegiate seasons at Western Michigan where he recorded 35 tackles in 18 games (six starts).

He is likely camp depth, but we will see if he offers more than that in the offseason.

Here is what I found in terms of highlights from when he was in college.