Cardinals sign McFadden

The Steelers lose a third player in free agency, cornerback Bryant McFadden.

Unable to beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII last month, the Arizona Cardinals raided Pittsburgh's roster instead, signing cornerback Bryant McFadden to a two-year contract worth $10 million Sunday.

The 27-year-old McFadden made eight regular-season starts last season while helping lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Cardinals. He had 54 tackles and one sack despite missing six games due to a fractured forearm.

McFadden returned from his injury and started the final three regular-season games and also all three of the Steelers' postseason games. He also had three tackles in the Super Bowl.

McFadden was a second-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2005 out of Florida State.

McFadden reportedly had four teams vying for his services, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Miami and Philadelphia.

The $5-million per year asking price was too much for the Steelers, however. Currently, only three defensive players – safety Troy Polamalu, nose tackle Casey Hampton and cornerback Ike Taylor, are scheduled to earn more than $5 million in 2009, though the team is working on a contract extension with linebacker James Harrison.

McFadden is the third Pittsburgh player – but first starter – to sign elsewhere in free agency, joining wide receiver Nate Washington, who signed with Tennessee, and safety Anthony Smith, who agreed to terms with Green Bay.


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