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Monday, March 15, 2010
Cards add ex-Rams starter Lenon

By Mike Sando

The Cardinals announced linebacker Paris Lenon's signing Monday after another recent free-agent visitor at the position, Larry Foote, agreed to terms with the Steelers.

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Lenon, 32, started 10 games for the Rams last season. He becomes the Rams' first unrestricted free agent to sign with another team this offseason. The Cardinals were seeking talent at linebacker after losing Karlos Dansby in free agency.

Lenon has played in 4-3 defenses with the Rams, Lions and Packers. He has started 70 games over the last five seasons.

Scouts Inc. made available the following report on Lenon heading into the 2009 season:

Lenon is coming off his best year as a pro, leading the Lions in tackles with 121. He is a good combination of size, strength and athleticism. He runs well and shows range inside out to the ball. He has the speed and burst to stay active to the ball. He uses his hands well to separate well or work through trash to get to the pile. He is a solid tackler, but can be inconsistent to wrap up in the open field. He is a quick reactor as the play unfolds and fast flows beyond the ball at times. Lenon is an instinctive defender who understands blocking schemes and how to leverage the play, but will lose sight of the ball at times. He has a good feel for route progressions as a pass-defender, but doesn't make many plays on the ball. He has a good feel to time his blitzes up, when attacking the line of scrimmage, but needs to develop additional moves to be more effective in this area. Lenon is a good player who been durable, intelligent and productive.

If Lenon can play up to that report, the Cardinals could certainly use him -- as could the Rams and quite a few teams, come to think of it.