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Arizona Cardinals sign Gresham, support Powell

The Arizona Cardinals received Good News

The veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Cardinals, the team announced Friday, with no terms of the deal available.gresham2

Gresham is a former first-round pick of the Bengals who adds depth to a tight end group who were previously light on experience. Gresham, a two-time Pro Bowler, averaged 56 catches and 544 yards per season during his five-year career with the Bengals. He would have signed somewhere earlier, but after reportedly coming close to a deal with the Raiders in March, a physical showed a herniated disc in his back. Gresham subsequently had surgery, with interest from multiple teams picking up in the past couple weeks as training camps approach.

Gresham should be another receiving presence the Cardinals need at tight end following the unexpected retirement of John Carlson earlier in the off-season. Remember, Gresham played with current Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer as a rookie with the Bengals in 2010, catching 52 passes for 471 yards and 4 touchdowns. Darren Fells and last year’s second-round pick, Troy Niklas, are atop the depth chart, but both are block-first types. While both have promise, they have combined for only eight NFL catches.

The Arizona Cardinals received Bad News

Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell Jr. was wounded by gunfire outside his Ohio home and remained hospitalized, team officials said Saturday.DamondPowellJr

Powell, 22, was wounded in his driveway from shots fired from a car Friday evening, Toledo police said. Witnesses reported seeing three men wearing masks in a gold-colored vehicle, according to police.

A University of Toledo Medical Center staffer said Saturday she had no information to release about Powell’s condition. But police had said his injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

The Cardinals said they were in touch with Powell’s family.

”We have been in communication with his family to offer whatever support and resources we can provide,” team spokesman Mark Dalton said in an email. ”We will continue to monitor and provide updates as appropriate.”

Powell was signed this year as a free agent wide receiver by the Cardinals after two years at the University of Iowa. He was a star football and basketball player at Toledo’s Rogers High School.

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