With the NFL's free agency window set to open on Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals worked to secure contracts for a handful of the team's depth options on Tuesday.
On Tuesday evening, the Cardinals announced they had re-signed third-string quarterback Zac Dysert to a one-year contract and extended tender offers to exclusive rights free agents John Wetzel and Olsen Pierre.
Wetzel started eight games for the Cardinals in 2016, making his first 53-man roster out of training camp since arriving in the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013. The 6-foot-7, 328-pound Wetzel filled in at left guard, left tackle and right guard for Arizona, and was one of the team's most important offensive linemen considering all of the injuries the unit suffered during the 2016 season.
Wetzel began his career with the Oakland Raiders, but spent the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons on various practice squads around the league.
Dysert started the season on Arizona's practice squad, but was a late season addition to the Cardinals' active roster after teams reportedly expressed interest in signing Dysert off of the Cardinals' practice squad to their active roster. Arizona elevated Dysert to keep him with the organization late in the year, and signed him to a one-year deal to compete for a backup job again this offseason.
Pierre entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2015, but after being released by the organization at the end of training camp, spent the entire 2015 season on Arizona's practice squad. Though Pierre wasn't an especially strong candidate to make the Cardinals' roster out of training camp in 2016, he did so and was inactive for all 16 games this season.
Though Dysert, Wetzel and Pierre all face an uphill road to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster again in 2017, Arizona's willingness to re-sign Dysert and extend tender offers to Wetzel and Pierre shows that Arizona's management believes each player can compete for a roster spot and highlights their value to the franchise.