Cardinals sign pair of defenders

Posted by Darren Urban on May 14, 2014 – 9:36 am

The Cardinals inched closer to their roster max of 90 players when they signed a pair of players Tuesday to one-year deals: safety Anthony Walters (pictured below) and linebacker Keenan Clayton. Walters, who plays special teams well, appeared in 13 games for the Bears last season. Clayton has been in the league for three seasons, last playing for the Raiders in 2012. It’ll take the Cardinals’ roster to 89 players.

(I was mistaken last week, by the way, in saying the Cardinals have “extra” roster spots as long as the draft picks aren’t signed. That rule changed with the advent of the 90-man roster in 2011. Now, draft picks count against the 90, signed or not.)

Clayton was originally a 2010 fourth-round draft pick of the Eagles and was cut by Oakland during training camp last season. Walters was an undrafted rookie in 2011 who came into the league with the Bears. The Cardinals probably needed a body at safety after coming out of draft weekend with only No. 1 pick Deone Bucannon, and it never hurts to get a defensive back who can play special teams. Clayton is another inside linebacker.

The roster will likely continue to churn in the offseason, even after adding whomever it is as the 90th body. As coaches get a sense of what these guys can do over OTAs — and if another player they like comes available — there will be moves.




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13 Responses to “Cardinals sign pair of defenders”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Any info on that T from Albany? They seemed to snatch him quickly.. smell a coup…

    also watched the practice vid … what I saw seemed to be really fit guys and quick quick guys … good stuff

  2. By clssylssy on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Obviously, Keim’s work was cut out for him to build a defense as good or better than the one we had last season, and I’m thrilled that we haven’t let off the gas!
    In the west especially, it’s going to take a dominant defense, and the push this year all around the league has been for spartan defenses. It will be interesting to see who will emerge onto the roster following training camp and who we’ll keep on the practice squad. Love to see good depth and some talented insurance as we all still remember what can happen when a team is decimated with injuries. When that happens everyone loses and the teams that make the playoffs year-after-year are the teams constantly fortifying their troops as guys go down. Good job…love the direction we seem to be going!

  3. By AzDesertRat1953 on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Just keep throwing fuel into the Defense, Mr. Keim, so we can watch the flames burn down teams offenses one after the other.

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By Duane Spencer on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Am so impressed with the way the roster is constantly churned. Always searching for another puzzle piece. Also keeps all of the players working as hard as they can to try not get replaced

    At the same time the thing I hate about this time of year is getting the backgrouns of these guys and kind of getting to know them as people and not just names from a mock draft… start to get a man crush on some of them and to root for them and all of sudden they and their dreams are gone…pffft.. Then you feel sorry for them and wonder where they end up and then it’s sad because by this time next year you’ll have forgotten their names…..

  5. By Eric G on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Way off topic on this post, but …..
    Not sure if you can arrange it, but I am sure every fan like me is going to want to see every single throw Logan Thomas puts up in practice. Maybe this shouldn’t necessarily be a thing now, but come training camp time, I want to see everything, or at least a lot, both good and bad.

  6. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: Thomas

    I am sure we will have some video from camp. But I can already promise you we aren’t going to post every throw he makes. Nor will I be tracking every throw he makes. I find that, quite frankly, ridiculous. I didn’t understand it when the New York media did it with QBs. It’s practice. I’ll let you know in general ways how it looks, but manpower-wise and logic says it won’t happen. I’m sure you’ll see plenty of what Thomas looks like in preseason games.

  7. By Dr. G. on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren – Eric is enthusiastic naturally. It would be good, as you mention, for us to get some of your observations of Thomas’ progress in his workouts. I know for sure that his college receiving corps will not compare to what we have, and that ours will make him look better than described coming in. Coach Moore will be determined to produce a quality QB here; I am optimistic. Thomas has lots of potential…and he will be shocked with the coaching expertise available. He just needs to dig in….

    A good day today….

  8. By kiedis98 on May 15, 2014 | Reply


    I was looking at pictures and and one stated it represented the starting defense. Just out of curiosity, who is lining up in the linebacker positions starting D.


  9. By Darren Urban on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    kiedis —

    RE: Starting D

    Remember, this is voluntary time, so sometimes it depends on who is here on that day.

    But when everyone is here, it’ll be Abraham, Washington, Minter, Shaughnessy, I’d expect.

  10. By Dynosoar on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    How did Darren get a thumbs down for answering a question? Haha. Times are slow. It appears we’re waiting for mandatory workouts. Bring on the pads! so we have something to talk about again.

  11. By Eric G on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    Poor wording on my part, didn’t mean literally every throw for every practice. What I meant were so called live drills with a defender on the receiver and Thomas facing pressure. I would like to see both bad and good throws, not just highlights.

  12. By Darren Urban on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: Thomas

    I’ll let the video guys know what you suggested. Can’t promise anything.

  13. By Coach K on May 18, 2014 | Reply

    One thing that Keim understands clearly in this league, it is the importance of depth. Injuries each year are on the rise. Having depth with a next man up philosophy is the difference between teams that make it into the post season, and those that fall short.

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