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Cardinals sign offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom

The Arizona Cardinals added depth to their offensive line Wednesday afternoon with the signing of five-year NFL veteran Tony Bergstrom.

In the middle rounds of last week's NFL Draft, Arizona Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians attempted to add depth to the team's offensive line.

The Cardinals used their fourth round selection on Pittsburgh guard, Dorian Johnson, and one of the team's fifth round selections on Vanderbilt offensive tackle Will Holden.

It turns out, Keim and Arians weren't done building the unit. On Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals announced the signing of five-year NFL veteran Tony Bergstrom, who has spent parts of his professional career with the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders.

Bergstrom is a center/guard who made 25 appearances and four starts with the Oakland Raiders during the first four seasons of his NFL career before signing with the Houston Texans prior to the 2016 season. 

Bergstrom was released by the Texans on April 13, and the Cardinals were able to lock up his services following the draft. 

Even though Bergstrom has only played center and guard in the NFL, he started the final 38 games of his college career at Utah at right tackle under head coach Kyle Whittingham.

The Cardinals' decision to bring in Bergstrom now gives the Arizona roster 15 offensive linemen, including eight who appeared in games for the franchise during the 2016 season. 

The Cardinals return four of their five starters along the offensive line after starting right guard Evan Mathis elected to retire this offseason, but the team anticipates one key shakeup up front. Arians has indicated the Cardinals are intending to flip their tackles and have D.J. Humphries play on the left side this season with Jared Veldheer moving to the right side. 


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