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Cardinals on verge of claiming tackle Desmond Harrison

Desmond Harrison, Browns, Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are about to claim offensive tackle Desmond Harrison.

NFL.com national insider Ian Rapoport reported the development on June 6.

The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman also confirmed the Cardinals’ acquisition of Harrison on Thursday.

Uncertain they can get a full season out of D.J. Humphries, the Cardinals on Thursday took steps to make sure they’re covered at left tackle by claiming Desmond Harrison off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

In announcing the acquisition, the Cardinals also released offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale in a corresponding move.

Harrison, 25, was released by the (Cleveland) Browns on Wednesday, a day after he showed up late for the start of Cleveland’s mandatory, three-day minicamp.

According to McManaman, the Browns have “firmly entrenched” Greg Robinson as their starting left tackle. He also added Harrison “had developed a reputation for not putting in the work to improve his development.”

The Cardinals are wondering if they can get a full season from D.J. Humphries at left tackle. He has missed a combined 18 games in the past two seasons, per the Arizona Republic. If Humphries isn’t up to the task, Arizona can tap either Harrison or Korey Cunningham.

The Browns signed Harrison as an undrafted free agent out of West Georgia in May 2018. He ran the 40-yard dash at last year’s NFL scouting combine in 4.9 seconds – the second fastest among offensive linemen.

Will Harrison end up protecting Kyler Murray’s blind side with the Arizona Cardinals? It should be interesting to find out.