Cardinals Fortify D-Line with Bryan Robinson

The Cardinals added size and versatility to their defensive line on Friday by agreeing to terms with 12-year veteran Bryan Robinson, as was confirmed by's Adam Caplan. The savvy defender has split time between tackle and defensive end, making him an ideal candidate to play end in Clancy Pendergast's 3-4 defense.

Bryan Robinson will provide the Cardinals with established depth behind starters Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith. Robinson has started 124 games in his career, tallying 354 tackles and 22 sacks along the way.

Robinson will be 34 when the season begins, but his age has yet to show on the field. He started all 16 games as recently as 2006 with the Cincinnati Bengals, logging 42 tackles and three sacks that season.

Because of Robinson's size (6'4", 304 pounds), he can slide inside and play nose tackle in passing situations. Although he is not as quick off the line as he used to be, he still boasts an established pass-rushing repertoire and the discipline to sniff out screens and misdirection plays.

It remains uncertain how Robinson's deal affects negotiations with Rodney Bailey. The Cardinals had been in discussions to bring back Bailey, who followed Ken Whisenhunt to Arizona last season after spending four years together with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bailey played in all 16 games last season, netting 14 tackles. He was hoping to re-up with the Cardinals after Larry Fitzgerald's renegotiation, but Robinson's signing may throw a kink in the works.

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