Well, the Arizona Cardinals have finalized the first move of the offseason to improve their pass rush. After an expected visit, Canadian football pass rusher Tristan Okpalaugo is now officially a member of the Birdgang. The team announced he was signed to a one-year contract on Friday.
Okpalaugo (6-5, 258) spent the last two years with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League where he appeared in 31 games and recorded 65 tackles and 23 sacks. In 2014, he won the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as the CFL East Division's most outstanding rookie after collecting 12 sacks in 17 games.
After beginning his college career at Fresno State as a walk-on, the 26-year old Okpalaugo went on to appear in 29 games (19 starts) and had 84 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks for the Bulldogs. He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013 and has also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings (2013) and Dallas Cowboys (2014).
Arizona has looked to the Canadian League before. They worked out Cameron Wake in 2009, but did not sign him. He later became one of the league's premier sack artists. They also signed Stevie Baggs, who did not work out.
Is he at least an answer off the edge? That is tough to say. He had interest from other teams, but chose to sign with Arizona.
Are you impressed with the signing? what are your expectations for Okpalaugo?