The Cardinals officially closed the door on any talk about signing free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell when they agreed to a two-year contract with another free agent linebacker, Orlando Huff, Tuesday.
Huff was one of the first free agents to visit Arizona. Vice president of football operations Rod Graves has already said the Cards were looking at signing either Hartwell or Huff, but not both.
Huff is a good special teams player and is expected to battle Gerald Hayes for the vacant starting middle linebacker job now that Ron McKinnon is no longer with the team.
Huff started 14 games with Seattle last season. He is the second Seahawks’ defensive starter — defensive end Chike Okeafor was the first — to sign with the Cardinals as a free agent.