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By PFW staff

Updated 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31

The Cardinals announced their free-agent signings when it became official on Friday afternoon, including the addition of former Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley.

As previously reported, Arizona signed former Packers OG Daryn Colledge to a five-year deal and former Panthers TE Jeff King to a three-year deal.

The Cards also added former Steelers DE Nick Eason to a two-year contract and Bradley, Eason and Stuckey will hopefully help replace Gerald Hayes, Alan Branch and Steve Breaston, respectively. Hayes was released Thursday, and Branch and Breaston signed with the Seahawks and Chiefs, respectively. Among the player who re-signed, the most noteworthy by far was Sendlein, who is now locked in long-term as the starting center. That move, in addition to the signing of former Packer Daryn Colledge to play left guard, bolsters the offensive line considerably. Conspicuous by his absence among the Cardinals' re-signed free agents is Deuce Lutui, who has been the Cardinals' starter at right guard.  former Browns WR Chansi Stuckey to a two-year contract. The team agreed on a five-year deal with Bradley.

WR Early Doucet and OT Brandon Keith, both restricted free agents, signed their one-year qualifying offers.

The eight players the Cardinals re-signed are C Lyle Sendlein (five years), S Hamza Abdullah (one year), CB Michael Adams (two years), OT D'Anthony Baptiste (one year), C Ben Claxton (one year), P Ben Graham (two years), FB Reagan Maui'a (Two years) and TE Stephen Spach (one year).

Arizona has signed five draft picks to four-year deals: fourth-round LB Sam Acho, fifth-round FB Anthony Sherman, sixth-round ILB Quan Sturdivant, sixth-round DT David Carter and seventh-round WR DeMarco Sampson.

On Saturday, the Cardinals announced they came to terms with third-round TE Rob Housler.

Sunday afternoon, the team announced the signing of second-round RB Ryan Williams.

The way we see it

Bradley, Eason and Stuckey will hopefully help replace Gerald Hayes, Alan Branch and Steve Breaston, respectively. Hayes was released Thursday, and Branch and Breaston signed with the Seahawks and Chiefs, respectively. Among the player who re-signed, the most noteworthy by far was Sendlein, who is now locked in long-term as the starting center. That move, in addition to the signing of former Packer Daryn Colledge to play left guard, bolsters the offensive line considerably. Conspicuous by his absence among the Cardinals' re-signed free agents is Deuce Lutui, who has been the Cardinals' starter at right guard.

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