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Cardinals ink veteran LB Brooks Reed to deal

Brooks Reed

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Arizona Cardinals have signed former Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed. His contract is a one-year deal worth around $2 million.

Reed is an eight-year NFL veteran who has also played with the Houston Texans. The 31-year-old edge rusher last season played in 16 games and started eight, amassing 24 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. His best season came in his rookie year in 2011, where he had six sacks along with 45 tackles, seven for a loss.

The Cardinals entered the offseason looking for a new head coach. They fired first-year head coach Steve Wilks, who steered them to just a 3-13 finish. The Cardinals were the worst team in the entire NFL.

This offseason, the team went all out and brought in Kliff Kingsbury from UCLA. Kingsbury is the former head coach and offensive coordinator at Texas Tech. Kansas City Chiefs upstart quarterback Patrick Mahomes played under him. He had for multiple years one of the most dynamic offensive schemes in all of college football.

UCLA had hired him away after being let go from Texas Tech to be their offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. However, he voided his contract as soon as he knew the Cardinals might be interested in his services.

Kingsbury now gets to work under Josh Allen and build a team from the ground up to his liking. The Cardinals have the first overall pick in the draft. They’ll have the opportunity to build one of the best offensive juggernauts in the NFL.