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Arizona Cardinals sign safety Shawn Williams to one-year contract

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The Arizona Cardinals stay busy adding depth in free agency, bringing in veteran safety Shawn Williams to a one-year contract.

From the team:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has agreed to terms with safety Shawn Williams on a one-year contract. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Williams (6-0, 212) is an eight-year NFL veteran who has played his entire career with the Bengals and appeared in 119 games (61 starts) with 390 tackles (281 solo), 12 interceptions, 3.0 sacks, 26 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He entered the league with Cincinnati as a third-round selection (84th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

The 29-year old Williams also has 38 special teams tackles (25 solo) in his career, including seven last season which was third on the Bengals. In 2019, Williams had a career-high and team-leading 112 tackles (79 solo) while starting 15 games. He led the Bengals with a career-high five interceptions (second in the AFC) in 2018 after starting all 16 games that season. Williams was a team captain last season for Cincinnati and played in 13 games.

Williams seems like a solid backup addition, but could also mean the end to Chris Banjo in Arizona.

Welcome to the desert, Shawn Williams.