PHOENIX-- The Cardinals turned many heads this offseason with the additions of QB Carson Palmer and first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper, but the more recent additions that the team announced today may be even more captivating.
The Cardinals made headlines today for the signings of free-agents John Abraham and Eric Winston. Abraham was signed to a two-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Schefter later reported the one-year signing of Eric Winston on ESPN's website.
Abraham finished the 2012 regular season with 35 total tackles and 10.0 sacks. The 35-year-old former Atlanta Falcon missed the last year's playoff run due to injury. The Falcons released Abraham on March 3rd after 68.5 career sacks for the team. He has 122 career sacks in 13 seasons with the Falcons and New York Jets.
Winston was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on March 6th after one season. He spent the first five seasons of his NFL career as a member of the Houston Texans. Winston comes as a huge upgrade to the team's offensive line, who gave up 58 sacks last season with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, and Brian Hoyer under center.
Both Abraham and Winston are expected to start at their respective positions for the Cardinals next season. It's very possible that these new additions will play key roles for a Cardinals team that may surprise people.