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The Cardinals have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free-agent LB Paris Lenon, who played most recently with the division-rival Rams. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. The 6-2, 235-pound Lenon played in 15 games with 10 starts for St. Louis in 2009. He collected 44 tackles (25 solos), three forced fumbles and one pass defensed.

Prior to last season, the ninth-year veteran spent three seasons (2006-08) with the Lions, where he started in all 48 games and collected more than 100 tackles in both '07 and '08. Lenon began his pro career as an undrafted rookie free agent with Carolina in 2000 out of Richmond. He signed with the Packers in 2001 and spent five seasons (2001-05) with the Packers, appearing in 64 games. For his career, he has appeared in 127 games with 74 starts, collecting 567 tackles (356 solos), five sacks, two interceptions, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 17 passes defensed to go along with 60 special-teams tackles.

The Cardinals were in need of help at outside linebacker, with Bertrand Berry retiring and unrestricted free agent Chike Okeafor, who turns 34 on March 27, considered a long shot to re-sign with the team.

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