Cardinals 2009 Roster Beginning to Take Form

The Arizona Cardinals have a tough act to follow next season, but many of the same faces will be back in the desert. While a few players have moved on, Arizona has re-signed several players including Kurt Warner, Clark Haggans and Bertrand Berry. Brad Wilbricht breaks down the current state of the Cardinals' roster and outlines the team's offseason activity.

The Arizona Cardinals' recent signing of DE/OLB Bertrand Berry is the latest decision in a series of moves that will keep several veterans in the desert. LB Clark Haggans will also return along with Pro Bowl QB Kurt Warner. All three players provide stability at their positions as well as a great deal of experience.

Berry has spent the last five seasons in Arizona and is well respected in the locker room and community. While his best playing days are behind him, Berry's contributions are much more than what happens on the field. After racking up 14.5 sacks in his first season with the Cardinals, his production took a steep drop thereafter. Berry has battled numerous injuries but totaled five sacks a year ago, his best output since 2006.

Meanwhile, Haggans was one of several former Pittsburgh Steelers that joined head coach Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona. Haggans was plagued by injuries last season but similar to Berry is an outstanding leader on defense. Haggans, TE Jerame Tuman and newly signed CB Bryant McFadden all bring the winning mentality with them from the Steel City.

Monty Beisel

LB Monty Beisel decided to follow the former Cardinal pipeline to the Kansas City Chiefs, joining new head coach Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Beisel has been a dependable reserve during his three-year tenure in Arizona. He compiled 78 tackles in 40 contests and performed admirably when he was called upon. However, Beisel is replaceable and his absence will likely be addressed during the upcoming draft.

In the secondary, CB Eric Green bolted for an opportunity with the Miami Dolphins. The former third-round draft pick was expected to leave after he fell out of favor with the Cardinals' coaching staff. Green lost his starting position to CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie midway through the year and fell even further when CB Ralph Brown replaced him in the Arizona's nickel package.

In addition to Beisel and Green, RB J.J. Arrington left town to join the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are notorious for keeping several running backs on the roster and are continuing that theme with new head coach Josh McDaniels in charge. Arrington was considered a career-disappointment until experiencing mild success last season. He managed 187 yards rushing and career-high 255 receiving yards. Given his emergence, many were hopeful Arrington would be re-signed but it was not meant to be.

GM Rod Graves addressed Arrington's departure earlier this week with the acquisition of RB Jason Wright. Wright will be a core special teams player and will contribute as a third-down back on offense. The Cardinals are still expected to secure a young runner during this April's NFL draft.

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