The Cardinals announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with veteran OG Alan Faneca on a one-year contract. The deal is reportedly for $2.5 million.
After being released by the Jets last weekend, the nine-time Pro Bowler will be reunited with Russ Grimm, the Cardinals' assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Grimm coached Faneca with the Steelers after Faneca was drafted in 1998.
Faneca has played in 190 career games. He won one Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in 10 seasons with the team and spent the last two years with the Jets.
Faneca immediately becomes a serious contender for a starting job at one of the Cardinals' guard spots. On the left side, incumbent starter Reggie Wells is coming off what turned out to be a supbar 2009 campaign. Entering training camp, it had been assumed Rex Hadnot, another newly acquired veteran offensive lineman by the Cardinals this offseason, could push Wells hard for the starting job.
On the right side, Deuce Lutui is coming off his best season. But he has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender and has irritated Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt by staying away from the team’s ongoing offseason strength and conditioning program. The Cardinals would much prefer to be monitoring the condition of Lutui, who is prone to weight issues.
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