The Cardinals re-signed five free agents for the 2010 season Monday — one unrestricted free agent ILB Monty Beisel), three restricted free agents (WR Steve Breaston, NT Gabe Watson and C Lyle Sendlein) and one exclusive-rights free agent (CB Michael Adams).
Breaston, the team’s new No. 2 wideout with Anquan Boldin being traded to Baltimore, appeared in 15 games with six starts in 2009 and caught 55 passes for 712 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. Including the postseason, Breaston registered a team-high 14 receptions of 20 yards or more in ‘09. He had a breakout season in ’08, establishing career-highs with 77 receptions for 1,006 yards and three touchdowns after totaling eight receptions for 92 yards in 2007 as a rookie.
Sendlein started all 16 games last season for the Cardinals for the second consecutive year. He was part of an offensive line that helped Arizona rush for 1,494 yards, the most by a Cardinals team since 2004 (1,688).
Watson played in all 16 games last season for the Cardinals and had 30 tackles (22 solos). The fifth-year veteran was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth-round (107th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft out of Michigan. He has played with Arizona the last four seasons with his best year coming in 2007, when he started in all 16 games and had a career-high 39 tackles.
The undersized but feisty Adams played in all 16 games (one start) last season for the Cardinals and had career highs with 32 tackles (27 solos), one interception, three passes defensed and 17 special-teams tackles. His biggest play of the season came in Arizona’s wild-card game against Green Bay when he stripped Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in overtime and the ball was recovered and returned for the game-winning touchdown by Karlos Dansby.
Beisel comes back to the Cardinals after playing in nine regular-season games and both postseason contests last season after re-signing on November 24. He began the 2009 season with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he appeared in three games before being released on September 29.
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