Cardinals Collecting Depth
Notebook: Tafoya, Urban sign two-year deals; Haggans close to contract
By DARREN URBAN
As expected with the finalization of the Larry Fitzgerald contract – and the subsequent availability of salary cap room -- the Cardinals have begun to re-sign some of free agents who had been left in limbo.
Defensive end Joe Tafoya and wide receiver Jerheme Urban signed two-year contracts Wednesday, while defensive end Bo Schobel signed a one-year deal. That comes on the heels of wide receiver Ahmad Merritt re-signing on a one-year contract Tuesday morning.
The Cardinals are also close to a deal with former Steelers linebacker Clark Haggans, although nothing had been finalized as of Wednesday. The team has been looking for a linebacker after free-agent Brandon Chillar, whom the Cards were pursuing, chose to sign with Green Bay.
Haggans, entering his ninth season, had 71 tackles and three sacks for Pittsburgh in 2007.
Tafoya was mostly a special-teams player but when Bertrand Berry went down with a season-ending injury, Tafoya stepped into the starting lineup for the final seven games. Splitting time with the now-departed Darryl Blackstock, Tafoya had 21 tackles and two sacks.
Urban, who along with Merritt be one of the candidates to replace Bryant Johnson as the team’s third receiver, had 22 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Schobel played in just two games last season, recording two tackles.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt has mentioned the desire to re-sign a handful of other veterans, like defensive lineman Rodney Bailey, defensive back Matt Ware and safety Oliver Celestin.