Arizona Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim has developed a reputation for consistently trying to upgrade all facets of his organization's roster, and his latest move is a testament to that reputation.
On Wednesday, Keim and the Cardinals signed wide receiver Harvey Binford, who has yet to play a down in the NFL but worked out at the NFL Pro Player Combine at the Cardinals' facility in Tempe last weekend.
Binford played two seasons of college football at Lindenwood University-Belleville (Division II) in Illinois where he nabbed 43 career receptions for 978 yards and nine touchdowns. According to an Arizona Cardinals' press release, Binford scored the first touchdown in school history in 2012 during the program's inaugural season.
After competing in college, Binford spent two seasons (2014-2015) with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League and produced a productive rookie campaign in which he caught 24 passes for 412 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2016, Binford signed with the Green Bay Packers, becoming the first player from his college to ink an NFL contract. Binford spent all of training camp with Green Bay, but was cut prior to the regular season and did not hook on with an NFL practice squad.
According to multiple reports including one from PackersNews.com, Binford attended a performing arts high school and didn't play a down of football until he transferred to Lindenwood University-Belleville from Missouri-St. Louis, where he recorded a 4.22 40-yard dash in an intramural competition.
Though Binford is certainly a long shot to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster this fall, with the team's interest in adding speed at skill positions, it's quite possible Binford could wind up on Arizona's practice squad in 2017.
Binford joins a receiving corps that now features 11 different players, from 14-year veteran Larry Fitzgerald at the top, all the way down to Binford, who is the only wideout on the roster who has never been active for an NFL game.