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Arizona Cardinals News: Bryan McCann, Alfonso Smith


The Arizona Cardinals have added a quality cornerback to their rotation in Bryan McCann, and they have also re-signed exclusive rights free agent running back Alfonso Smith today. Both of these Cardinals signings were reported by Cardinals official beat guy Darren Urban on Twitter, and he also added that the Cardinals have signed safety Curtis Taylor. All three of these deals are for one year.

McCann is the most notable signing, because the 25-year-old corner has the ability to make an impact for the Cardinals on both defense and special teams. He appeared in eight games for the Miami Dolphins last season and is a speedy CB who should be able to make an impact for the Cardinals on special teams in some manner. He’ll also provide some nice depth for the Cards after recording ten tackles, one sack, and one tipped pass. McCann fits as somebody who can play in the slot and provide versatility for the team.

Alfonso Smith will make $550,000 on his new deal after appearing in 11 games last season for the Cardinals as a backup. Smith, 26, is a core special teamer who almost never gets carries and might not even make the team in 2013. Even though he caught two passes last season, Smith never had a carry after receiving 30 for an average of 3.4 yards per carry (three receptions too) in 2011.

The news on Curtis Taylor is just confirmation of a report from NFL Insider Aaron Wilson yesterday, and Taylor will join another NFC West squad after never playing in a regular season game since 2010. The 27-year-old LSU product played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2009 and 2010, and the safety will also try to make the roster as a core special-teamer.

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