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Cards bring back Byrd

Posted by Darren Urban on January 21, 2010 – 2:02 pm

The Cardinals signed five more players to “future” contracts (which just means they don’t officially kick in until the end of the season), including tight end Dominique Byrd — who actually was on the roster this season, inactive for the first 10 games before being released Nov. 24. The Cards are also bringing back fullback Reagan Maui’a, the “Juggernaut” (there’s a little language at the end of the video, FYI) who was with the team in the preseason, along with cornerback Trumaine McBride, safety Herana-Daze Jones and defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi.

McBride isn’t big (5-foot-9) but the former Bear did start nine games in 2007. Jones (whose first name is pronounced “Hernandez”) has played in 30 games since 2006 with the Bengals, Broncos, Patriots and Saints. Muhtadi was an undrafted rookie at Green Bay’s camp this past season.

It’s intriguing that the Cards still want to look at Byrd. He definitely has receiving skills although his blocking isn’t where the Cards would like it. The team will need another tight end going into the offseason, but the future is up in the air for Anthony Becht. Becht is not only a free agent, but it’s possible he’s looking at retiring after a decade in the NFL. Byrd already had shown enough to the Cards for them to keep him half a season.


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19 Responses to “Cards bring back Byrd”

  1. By logan cooper on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I was surprised when they cut byrd and not spach.

    Darren,
    Does spach show more promise than byrd or is it that whiz just really likes spach. To me it seems whiz has a soft spot for him like he reminds him of himself so he keeps him on.

  2. By Joel on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    what about warner?

  3. By Secret on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    What the cards need is a very good pass blocking TE that can also complete short, cheap yards.

  4. By Feather on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I like Byrd the former third round pick, It would be nice if our tight ends can be used more of a weapon like a Heath Miller or Antonio Gates. Although there are some players we should look at too. Zack Miller former ASU tight end, not to sure of his contract status but his potential is just getting lost in a bad franchise. I sure hope we address our CB, and Linebacker problem.

  5. By gags00 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Heard something about Levi Brown moving over to Left tackle next season and Brandon Keith playing RT. Can we expect to see this?

  6. By CARDSFAN1178124 on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I LIKE BYRD

  7. By darrenurban on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Logan –

    I think Spach is better at blocking, which is more important at the position the way the Cards use it.

  8. By darrenurban on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Joel –

    Still waiting …

  9. By darrenurban on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Gags –

    If Gandy doesn’t return, I believe that will be the plan.

  10. By Mick Pratt on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    VERY excited to see the Cards pick up Muhtadi. He was exceptional at TC Williams HS, a standout at Carson Newman, and developed into NFL material at the Univ of Maryland! I was shocked when Green Bay cut him to make their final roster. And I believe the Packers were the ONLY team not to lose a defensive lineman during the season (where he would have been the first one to come back!!!).

    Go Cards … you have a new fan now.

  11. By mike hadzinski on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-
    remember when we had joel makovicka as a Fb whatever happend to him like in terms of when he left or did we cut him i always remember the play they would use with him as plummer playction to him for a 1 yard TD. thanks mike

  12. By darrenurban on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Mike –

    I remember Makovicka well. Not a great fullback, unfortunately.

  13. By JP on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    glad about Byrd…I was dissappointed he didn’t get an opportunity this season as he showed promise in preseason….I suspect he’ll be highly motivated this offseason and going into preseason to make the team

  14. By kauaicardsfan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, the B-train is retiring, we are going to miss him! Wish we could have gone to the Super Bowl one more time and win it with him, would have been a nice finish!

    Darren will he still do the Big red rage ? Rob Moore left so we do have an opening for another analysis??

  15. By shannon robinson on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I think as fans we could calm down a little – the team went a long way ending up in the elite eight and even being one of the NFL teams to be limited in free agency next year – we never had problems like that. Anthony Becht was brought in here to block along with Kreider and they really opened a lot of holes. The team continues to bring in interesting players – giving Byrd a chance when no one else would – and i’m a big fan of Reagan Maui’a. It’s too bad the NFL doesn’t publish salaries and then everyone could see the real value of what the Cards paid our players. Cheers and a tip of the wing for a geat career to the B-Train – thanks for the thrill of it all, ’cause you could bring it! Mick – thanks for the word on Muhtadi – one of our fans said jeremy Clark was a great find. And Gags you can bet that’s the new offensive line. Let’s give Mr. Graves some time to work.

  16. By darrenurban on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Kauai –

    I think there is some merit to those thoughts.

  17. By Tom Rutherford on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Really excited about us getting Muhtadi, that guy dominated at Maryland and will be a great replacement for our departing d-linemen. He is the next Jared Allen, and the Packers are retarded for letting him walk.

  18. By bigredfan on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Makes me wonder if they are looking for that ‘reciveing’ TE, and just trying to work him into the mix with their ‘blocking’ TE’s. Man, oh man . . just think of Wells/Hightower in the backfield, Fitz, Boldin, Breaston, Byrd as threats out wide. Kurt under center. Wow. Unstoppable.

  19. By Arizona on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    Reagan Maui’a is soooo HOT!! =P Just FYI peoples!! LOL.

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