Just when you though things had gotten quiet on the rumor front, the Arizona Cardinals came up with another player. According to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are expected to sign defensive tackle Corey Peters when free agency begins officially.
According to Aaron Wilson, the deal will be three years, worth $10.5 million, more than half of which will be guaranteed.
Peters played five seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 71 games, starting 55 of them. He had 26 tackles and two sacks in 2014 and 46 with five sacks in 2013.
He is 6-3, 305 pounds.
He will join another former Falcons player heading to the Cardinals -- linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who is expected to sign a free agent contract as well. Weatherspoon was Atlanta's first round pick in 2010. The two are apparently very good friends.
On the surface, it looks like he could be used to replace Dan Williams, who is expected to land with another team as a free agent; however, having played in a 4-3 defense in Atlanta, perhaps he will also play where Darnell Dockett did as a left defensive end or "defensive tackle" as the team calls it.
Pro Football Focus graded him positively in run defense and negatively in rushing the passer in 2013 and 2014.
He will join a defensive line that includes Frostee Rucker, Calais Campbell, Alameda Ta'amu, Ed Stinson, Kareem Martin and Josh Mauro on the roster.