ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals sign LB Arthur Moats, DE Jacquies Smith to one-year deals

Jul 26, 2018, 11:04 AM | Updated: 11:12 am
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers outside lineback...
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Arthur Moats (55)in the first half of the NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Arizona Cardinals signed linebacker Arthur Moats and defensive end Jacquies Smith to a one-year contracts, the team announced on Thursday.

Arizona also waived defensive lineman Praise Martin-Oguike, who was signed to a futures deal in January.

Moats spent the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his first four years in the NFL (2010-13) with the Buffalo Bills as a sixth-round pick out of James Madison.

The 30-year-old has recorded 228 tackles, 16.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 121 games played during his NFL career.

His most productive season came in 2013, when with the Bills he made 54 tackles.

Last season, Moats saw limited action over 14 games and recorded eight tackles for Pittsburgh.

Moats joins a Cardinals linebacker room with opportunity and playing time behind defensive leader Deone Bucannon, second-year pro Haason Reddick and the re-signed Josh Bynes.

Smith, a fourth-year pro, has 18 starts and 31 games of NFL experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions. He recorded 13.5 sacks in his first two years with the Bucs before suffering an ACL tear in 2016 and appearing in three games of limited action for Tampa Bay and Detroit in 2017, recording one tackle.

Moats and safety Mike Mitchell, also a former Pittsburgh player, visited the Cardinals in Arizona on Wednesday. Mitchell reportedly was to take a physical, according to Schefter.

A second-round pick in 2009, Mitchell has accumulated 487 career tackles and 10 interceptions in his nine-year NFL career that began with the Oakland Raiders from 2009-2013.

Mitchell played under Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks for one season in 2013, when Wilks was the Carolina Panthers defensive backs coach.

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