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Cardinals sign OG Hadnot, C Claxton

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By PFW staff

The Cardinals continued to address their offensive line Friday, signing unrestricted free agent Rex Hadnot to a three-year contract and C Ben Claxton to a one-year deal. The moves came one day after the team re-signed unrestricted free-agent OL Jeremy Bridges to a three-year contract. Terms of the contracts were not officially disclosed, but ESPN.com reported that the deal for Hadnot, who started six games at right guard for Cleveland in 2009, is worth a reported $9 million.

Hadnot, a six-year veteran, spent the last two seasons with the Browns after playing his first four years with the Dolphins. He has experience as a starter at both guard and center and was a 16-game starter for three consecutive seasons (2005-07). Look for him to compete for a starting guard job with both ’09 starting ORG Deuce Lutui, a restricted free agent who hasn't yet signed his tender, and ’09 starting OLG Reggie Wells, who is entering the last year of his contract.

Claxton spent the 2009 season with the Cardinals as a reserve lineman and played in one game at center. He originally signed with the Cardinals last February after spending the ’08 season on Detroit’s practice squad. Arizona had opted not to make Claxton a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent, making him unrestricted as of March 5.

 

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