More Experienced Tackle Gets Chance

The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent tackle Kelly Butler to a one-year contract. The rookie tackle out of Mississippi Valley State, Thaddeus Coleman, was released to make room on the roster for Butler. AZRedReport.com has the details.

Nobody ever said it's easy to be an undrafted rookie free agent. Thaddeus Coleman learned the hard way today when the Arizona Cardinals announced that Coleman would be cut in order to make room on the roster for free agent tackle Kelly Butler.

Coleman's motto is "you have to go full-speed all of the time." Coleman wasn't around long enough to show his study habits and versatility.

The Cardinals opted for more experienced Butler who has appeared in 23 career games with 32 starts at tackle in the past four seasons in the NFL. Butler was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Purdue. After appearing in just one game his rookie year, he started all 16 contests for Detroit in his sophomore season.

Butler was picked up by the Cleveland Browns in 2006, where he saw action in seven games with five starts. He was ultimately released in October of 2007 after signing a two-year contract extension earlier that year.

The Butler addition was likely the result of worriment of the depth on the offensive line. Although rookie Brandon Keith has the readiness to compete for a backup position at right tackle behind Levi Brown, Arizona isn't messing around with protecting Matt Leinart's blindside.


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