Veteran DT Clinton McDonald works out with Cardinals; no contract in place though
Two weeks after the Arizona Cardinals brought in but didn’t sign Michael Crabtree, the team did the same with veteran defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team brought in McDonald, but “could not agree to terms” with the Cardinals. Schefter notes that the 32-year-old wants to play in 2019.
A seventh-round Cincinnati Bengals pick out of Memphis in 2009, McDonald has carved out a lengthy NFL career. After two seasons in Ohio, McDonald was a Seattle Seahawk for three years.
Following his Seattle days, McDonald signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos. And finally, he agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders in 2018.
Throughout his nine-year career, McDonald has played in 112 games, starting 37 of them. In that span, the 6-foot-2, 297-pound defensive tackle has recorded 279 combined tackles, 37 tackles for a loss, 46 quarterback hits, and 21 sacks.
McDonald won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013; in that season, he played in 15 games, tallying 42 combined tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 14 quarterback hits, and 5.5 sacks.
The Cardinals recently released defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche following a disappointing start to his career after being a first-round selection in 2015. They also released hybrid defensive end/tackle Darius Philon after an arrest for allegedly threating to shoot a woman outside a Phoenix strip club.
One could presume that McDonald was brought in as a replacement to both Nkemdiche and Philon. But, without a contract, it appears the team will role with rookie Zach Allen, Corey Peters, and Rodney Gunter as their three-man front in Vance Joseph’s 3-4 defense.