Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Why the Cardinals added LB, cut TE
By Mike Sando
The Cardinals' decision to release tight end Dominique Byrd and re-sign linebacker Monty Beisel reflects their injury situation.
Depth at linebacker has suffered while Chike Okeafor has missed time with back trouble. Linebacker Gerald Hayes has also missed time to injury this season. Byrd was no longer needed as insurance at tight end after Stephen Spach recovered from injury.
Arizona had been carrying four tight ends on its roster, one more than a team typically would. Ben Patrick's four-game suspension to open the season bought time for Byrd previously. Beisel was with the Cardinals last season. He spent time with the Chiefs this season, a natural fit with former Arizona coaches Todd Haley and Clancy Pendergast in Kansas City.