TEMPE, Ariz. – As the 2014 season showed, the Arizona Cardinals' backups are as important as their starters.
On Thursday, the Cardinals committed to keeping one of those backups on their roster at one of their most important positions.
The Cardinals re-signed backup offensive tackle Bradley Sowell on Thursday to a one-year deal. Sowell, a swing tackle, didn’t play an offensive snap in 2014 a year after starting the final 12 games at left tackle. He played 60 special-teams snaps in all 16 games in 2014, however.
Sowell was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals on Sept. 1, 2013 after playing in 10 games in 2012 with Indianapolis, when Bruce Arians was the Colts’ offensive coordinator and interim head coach. He went undrafted in 2012 out of the University of Mississippi, signing with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent.
Sowell is the first of Arizona's 2014 restricted free agents to re-sign with the team. The Cardinals have until March 10 to make qualifying offers to quarterback Ryan Lindley and defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu.
The Cardinals also signed cornerback Damond Smith, who spent last preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was on the practice squad of the B.C. Lions of the CFL in 2013. He went undrafted in the 2013 supplemental draft out of South Alabama. Smith began his college career at Western Michigan, then transferred to South Alabama after two seasons.