Letter helped vet land with Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The art of the written word hasn't been lost on Cardinals running back Jalen Parmele.

It's helped him get two jobs.

Sometime in February or March, Parmele emailed Arizona head coach Bruce Arians a few paragraphs that were "short and to the point" letting Arians know that Parmele, 28, lived in Arizona and was ready to get back on the field if the Cardinals were looking for more running backs. He never heard anything back.

A few weeks later, Parmele was invited to a locals tryout by the Cardinals but wasn't immediately signed. A few days after participating in the Cardinals' rookie minicamp in late May, Paremele got the call. He signed a one-year deal on May 27.

"I just felt I wasn't done, is what it was," Parmele. "I felt I had some more left in me. It was really a matter of getting that opportunity."

Parmele said a letter helped him get signed by Jacksonville in 2012. After meeting with the Jaguars GM twice, Parmele sent him a note. The Jags signed him after the draft that year.

Parmele was drafted in 2008 and has been a journeyman for most of his career. He spent two full seasons with the Ravens after being signed late in 2008. His most recent stint was 11 games in Jacksonville in 2012, in which he had 40 carries for 143 yards and caught seven passes for 60 yards.

He was out of football in 2011 and 2013. Parmele is competing for the fourth running back job with a host of younger backs.

"That's the guy you pull for all the time," Arians said. "That's what's so hard about cutting players like that. They give you everything they got and they're good players. He can play in this league and he might make our football team because he's finding a niche in special teams."

After relocating to Arizona last August with his wife and kids, Parmele still had something left in the tank. It just took a few words for someone to notice.

"It's just a matter of wanting to get the opportunity," he said, "and just reaching out to the right people."