Neither are big names, but both Kendrick Clancy and Milford Brown will be starting for the Cardinals this season after agreeing to four-year contracts Saturday.
Clancy, a defensive tackle, will replace Russell Davis in the starting lineup next to fellow defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Brown is expected to play right guard. Clancy, 27, and Brown, 25, will be introduced to the media in a press conference today.
Brown is the first attempt to upgrade the offensive line, and coach Dennis Green called him a physical player “who can slam down on nose tackles; I think he’ll just improve.”
Brown started 12 games last year in Houston for an offensive line that struggled most of the time.
Clancy, Green said, should emerge in a system that suits his play better. Clancy, who has played six seasons, never had more than 13 tackles in a year with Pittsburgh before getting 39 (with two sacks) in 15 starts with the Giants last season.
Clancy signed a deal worth $8.1 million over four years, including a $2 million signing bonus and a salary of $1.5 million. The details of Brown’s contract were not released.
While Green said the team wasn’t closing the door on Davis’ return, it is unlikely Davis — who is scheduled to visit Seattle next week — will return after Davis was unhappy with Arizona’s initial contract offer.
The Cardinals also lost out on a potential target Saturday when guard Kyle Kosier, who played at Arizona State, signed with Dallas.
Defensive backs R.W. McQuarters (Lions) and Kenny Wright (Jaguars) are supposed to visit the Cards next week. Offensive lineman Kevin Barry (Packers) and linebacker Bart Scott (Ravens) also may surface on the Cards’ target list.
Former Cards quarterback Josh McCown was at the team’s complex Saturday taking part in Kurt Warner’s flag football tournament, a lucky happenstance when his first free agent trip to Detroit was delayed until today.
McCown will visit the Lions following Jon Kitna. Beyond that, he is waiting to see where two big-name players — free agent Drew Brees and about-to-be-traded Daunte Culpepper — end up.
“This thing is so fluid,” McCown said.
While New Orleans is chasing Brees and Miami is believed to have interest in both Brees and Culpepper, McCown expects both those teams, along with the Lions and Buffalo, to be among the teams he visits. Then there are teams like Chicago, Minnesota, San Diego and Cincinnati that need an established backup.
Green clarified the status of guard Jeremy Bridges. Bridges is technically an unrestricted free agent because the Cardinals did not give him a true tender offer of $712,000. But the team has offered him a lower-priced contract that Green said he thought Bridges would sign.