Cards ink 9 to futures contracts

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals began filling out their 90-man offseason roster Thursday.

They re-signed nine practice-squad players to future contracts for the 2014 season. The group included center Philip Blake, wide receiver Dan Buckner, linebacker Kenny Demens, center Tom Draheim, tight end Darren Fells, running back Robert Hughes, safety Orhian Johnson, defensive tackle Anthony McCloud and linebacker Kenny Rowe.

Fells is the most intriguing of the group because of his potential. He's 6-foot-7 and 281 pounds, and with a full offseason of training under the Cardinals' system, he could be part of the team's plans at tight end come 2014.