Cardinals sign 14 to future contracts

Jan 11, 2023, 2:23 PM
Arizona Cardinals tight end Bernhard Seikovits grabs a drink of water during rookie minicamp Friday...
Arizona Cardinals tight end Bernhard Seikovits grabs a drink of water during rookie minicamp Friday, May 14, 2021, in Tempe, Ariz. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)
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The Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday signed 14 players to future contracts for the 2023 season, with special teams a notable focus.

Punter Andy Lee, kicker Matt Prater and long snapper Aaron Brewer are all free agents, leading the Cardinals to ink punter Nolan Cooney, kicker Elliott Fry and long snapper Joe Fortunato to get strong looks.

All but two of the players joining Arizona on future deals spent some time with the team through points last preseason through this season.

A standout addition is receiver Auden Tate, who has experience as a starter in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Former NFL International Pathway Program participant and tight end Bernhard Seikovits, who was on the team but on an international roster exemption for the past two seasons, is back with the team now on a future contract.

Fortunato and Fry are the two players who have not been with the Cardinals in the past.

Fry has three NFL games played between stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.

Arizona Cardinals 2023 future contracts

Punter Nolan Cooney
Offensive lineman Julién Davenport
Long snapper Joe Fortunato
Kicker Elliott Fry
Cornerback Nate Hairston
Safety JuJu Hughes
Linebacker Blake Lynch
Tight end Chris Pierce
Tight end Bernhard Seikovits
Offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons
Wide receiver Auden Tate
Safety Josh Thomas
Offensive lineman Badara Traore
Wide receiver Javon Wims

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