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Arizona Cardinals sign two players to future contracts

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The Arizona Cardinals continue to add talent to their offseason roster as the team announced the signing of two players to future contracts.

From the team:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed linebackers Jamal Carter and Donald Rutledge to future contracts for the 2021 season.

Carter (6-1, 215) has appeared in 28 games with the Broncos and Falcons since signing with Denver as a rookie free agent out of Miami (FL) in 2017. The 26-year old Carter played all 16 games as a rookie with the Broncos in 2017 under current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. He then appeared in 12 games over two seasons (2019-20) with Atlanta after spending the 2018 season on injured reserve. A native of Miami, FL, Carter has 22 tackles (15 solo), two passes defensed and five special teams tackles in his NFL career playing safety. He played in one game and totaled five tackles with the Falcons in 2020.

Rutledge (6-1, 215) signed with the Colts as a rookie free agent out of Georgia Southern in 2020 and was released in final roster cuts following training camp. The 23-year old Rutledge appeared in 43 games (19 starts) at safety during his time at Georgia Southern (2019) and Savannah State (2016-18) following a redshirt season at The Citadel in 2015. A native of Sumter, SC, Rutledge totaled 214 tackles, 24 passes defensed, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his college career.