Cardinals sign four from voluntary minicamp

4/24/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

After bringing in free agents on tryout basis during voluntary offseason workouts, the Arizona Cardinals added a few names off the list to their roster. The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with free agent offensive tackle Paul Fanaika, tight end/long-snapper Alex Gottlieb, as well as wide receivers Jarett Dillard and Robert Gill on Wednesday.
The former fifth-round pick Jarett Dillard spent his first three season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jarett Dillard appeared in 21 career games (including five starts), while catching 35 passes for 398 yards and one touchdowns for the Jacksonville Jaguars through 2009-11. Last season, Jarett Dillard remained out of football, after spending training camp with the Detroit Lions, but being released by the team prior to the 2012 regular season.
The 27-year-old Jarett Dillard expected to fight for a spot on special teams with the Arizona Cardinals.
The 23-year-old Alex Gottlieb was Jarett Dillard’s training camp buddy last year, after signing with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent out of William & Mary in 2012. Alex Gottlieb too was released by the Detroit Lions before the 2012 regular season.
Alex Gottlieb is expected to provide training camp competition for Arizona Cardinals 13-year veteran Mike Leach, who is entering his fifth season with the team. Ironically, Mike Leach shares quite a view qualities with Alex Gottlieb. The 36-year-old Mike Leach too is a former William and Mary product, who has experience playing both tight end and long snapper.
Mike Leach is in the second-season of a three-year deal he signed with the Arizona Cardinals, worth around $3.2 million.
The 6-foot-5, 327-pound Paul Fanaika played college at Arizona State, and spent part his rookie season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad after being selected in the seventh-round of the 2009 NFL draft. Paul Fanaika made stops in Washington and Seattle, although he spent the better part of last three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He appeared in just three career games, all for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, and was waived by the team towards the end of last August.
Paul Fanaika is considered to be a camp body and will have to fight to make the Arizona Cardinals’ final roster.
Meanwhile, Robert Gill was a former track star at Texas State, who played the past two seasons for the now now-defunct Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League. Going on 29, Robert Gill is by-far considered the longest of long-shots to make the Arizona Cardinals’ final roster.
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