The Arizona Cardinals answered one question they had about the defensive line. With nose tackle Dan Williams expected to land with another team in free agency, there was no one on the roster to play the position, especially after the Cardinals did not tender Alameda Ta'amu a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent.
However, Ta'amu is back, giving the Cardinals a nose tackle on the roster. The team announced Monday they re-signed the defensive lineman to a one-year deal. While terms were not disclosed, we can be sure the salary will be less than the more than $1.5 million it would have cost to place a original round tender on him.
Ta'amu (6-3, 348) played seven games last season after coming back from a knee injury suffered in the 2013 season finale. He originally came to the Cardinals in 2013 after he was claimed him off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 1. That season he played in 14 games (three starts) and had 13 tackles, including three for loss, and added two QB pressures. Ta'amu spent his rookie season with the Steelers in 2012 after being selected in the fourth round (109th overall) of the NFL Draft out of Washington.
Ta'amu was one of the more disappointing players in 2014. He was not the impact player he was in 2013, when he was fantastic. He was supposedly healthy, but could not find playing time, even with a banged up defensive line.
Hopefully he returns to his 2013 form because if he does, then Arizona will not miss a beat if Dan Williams signs elsewhere.