Cardinals Replace Pace with LaBoy

The Cardinals reacted quickly after losing Calvin Pace to the New York Jets, swooping in on DE/OLB Travis LaBoy. The parties have agreed on a five-year, $22-million deal that include $8 million in upfront money, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan. The deal is contingent on LaBoy passing a physical.

Travis LaBoy wanted a greater role and will get one with the Cardinals. He'll play mostly outside linebacker and will replace Calvin Pace in the starting lineup.

LaBoy, a second-round pick out of Hawaii in 2004, has spent his entire four-year career with the Tennessee Titans. During that time, he has racked up 105 tackles and 19.5 sacks.

Although he played defensive end with the Titans, LaBoy (6'3", 260 pounds) will move to linebacker in Arizona's 3-4 scheme. The Cardinals made a similar switch with Pace last season and the payoff was huge, allowing Pace to play himself right out of GM Rod Graves' price range.

The Cardinals moved quickly to land LaBoy after learning that Pace had agreed to a reported six-year, $42-million contract with the New York Jets.

Also on Monday, Brad Blank, the agent for linebacker Darryl Blackstock, confirmed that the Cardinals were interested in re-signing Blackstock, according to Scout.com's Orange and Brown Report. It is not immediately known if LaBoy's signing negates the team's interest in Blackstock.

That the Cardinals would show any interest in re-signing Blackstock is surprising. Blackstock was a restricted free agent who the Cardinals declined to tender just three days ago.

It is possible that the team passed on Blackstock under the assumption that Pace would return.

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