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Arizona Cardinals sign CB Shaquille Richardson to replace Alfonzo Dennard on roster

The former Wildcat comes back.

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After releasing cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on the eve of reporting for training camp, the team announced his replacement on the roster. Arizona signed former Arizona Wildcat cornerback Shaquille Richardson to a one-year deal.

Richardson (6-0, 194) was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Arizona. He spent the first part of last season on Pittsburgh's practice squad before being released on October 15. He signed with the Chiefs in February but was released on April 21. Richardson played in 49 games (37 starts) in four seasons at Arizona, collecting 189 tackles, 10 interceptions and 30 passes defensed.

Richardson saw his season end in 2014 with an injury, although the injury was never disclosed and I cannot find what it was. That is why he was released from Pittsburgh. They reached an injury settlement. When the Chiefs let him go, it was for failing to disclose an injury.

Having been cut twice and drafted late, the initial impression should be he is simply camp depth, but maybe he is actually healthy and can make a push for the roster. With only Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel having played actual NFL games at the position on the roster, there are one or two spots wide open for someone to land.