With OTAs coming to a close and minicamp next week – the final on-field work for veterans before breaking up for the summer – the Cardinals brought back another veteran piece Tuesday.
The team re-signed linebacker Clark Haggans, who has spent the last four years of his previous 12 NFL seasons with the Cards, to a one-year deal. Last year, starting all 16 games, Haggans had 54 tackles and three sacks. O’Brien Schofield is expected to replace Haggans in the starting lineup this season across from Sam Acho, but Haggans has been as valuable in the locker room as on the field, mentoring guys like Schofield and Acho.
The Cards cut undrafted rookie linebacker Broderick Binns to make room for Haggans.
The 35-year-old Haggans, who has kept himself in great shape throughout his career, was long thought to be a target to return at some point. Having played in Pittsburgh his first eight seasons, his familiarity with the defensive scheme of former Steelers assistant Ray Horton made getting to all the OTAs less important.
Haggans was leaning toward a return after the season was over, even has he understood his role could be changing and his influence on the young linebackers as important as his play. “It makes me feel a little older, like I should have a rocking chair in front of my locker, but it’s a lot of fun,” Haggans said at the time.
The Cardinals could still end up re-signing veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday as well. Both he and Haggans have remained possibilities in their free agent status despite the weeks passing in the offseason. I’ll have more from/about Haggans — who is practicing today — after the workout.
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