Cardinals Keep Steel-ing from Pittsburgh

Ken Whisenhunt continues to import players from his old stomping grounds in Pittsburgh, as the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with QB Brian St. Pierre, who spent four of the last five seasons with the Steelers. Arizona also agreed to terms on a one-year deal with DB Matt Ware.

The Arizona Cardinals reeled in Brian St. Pierre to presumably take over as the team's No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner. GM Rod Graves has left open the door for bringing back last year's third QB, Tim Hasselbeck, but Pierre is clearly the frontrunner.

Although he has attempted only one regular-season pass in five seasons--four with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the Baltimore Ravens--Pierre is a talented prospect with starter's potential. He showed as much at Boston College, where he finished third on the school's all-time passing list with 5,837 yards.

Pierre has spent most of his career working with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Kyle Boller, etc.) and looks forward to the opportunity to study under Kurt Warner, a 36-year-old former MVP.

Warner is in the final year of his contract this season, so it is possible that St. Pierre could learn from Warner in 2008 and supplant him as the No. 2 quarterback in 2009.

The Cardinals also agreed to a contract with DB Matt Ware, who spent the last two seasons with the club. He played in 29 games in that span, primarily as a backup, compiling 29 tackles and two pass breakups.

Ware will contribute primarily on special teams while adding some stability to a secondary in the midst of a significant makeover.

The Cardinals are still negotiating with some of their other free agents, hoping to gain roster stability before the draft arrives next month. DE Rodney Bailey is believed to be the team's top priority.


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