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Cardinals Sign RB Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack‘s latest opportunity to find a permanent NFL home has arrived. The veteran running back has signed with the Cardinals, per a team announcement. ESPN’s Josh Weinfus tweets that it is a one-year deal.

Mack (who worked out with the Cardinals yesterday) proved to be a highly productive lead back in Indianapolis during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but an Achilles tear derailed his career. He initially joined the Texans last offseason in an attempt to find playing time, but he did not survive final roster cuts in the summer. That led him to join the 49ers while they were thin in the backfield.

The 27-year-old did not see any carries during his brief stint in the Bay Area, however. He was signed off the 49ers’ practice squad by the Broncos in October, in response to the season-ending loss of Javonte Williams. Mack was part of Denver’s efforts to add a number of contributors to their banged-up backfield, and he played six games as a Bronco.

Mack saw limited usage in Denver, but he averaged 5.3 yards per carry while scoring one touchdown on the ground and another through the air. He will now join a Cardinals backfield which could stand to add a veteran depth contributor. Not much is certain on the team’s RB depth chart aside from the fact that James Conner will once again handle a heavy workload in 2023.

The Cardinals also have Keaontay Ingram in the fold, but the 2022 sixth-rounder has missed time in training camp recently due to an injury. Corey Clement, who joined Arizona midway through the season last year, is also an option to carve out a depth role. The same is true of Ty’Son Williams and undrafted rookie Emari Demercado. Mack will use the remainder of training camp and the preseason to try and earn a 53-man roster spot behind Conner on the depth chart. To made room for Mack, long snapper Jack Coco was released.

Cardinals Sign OL Pat Elflein, TE Geoff Swaim

The Cardinals have added a veteran center to their OL grouping, with the team announcing today that they’ve signed Pat Elflein. The Cardinals also added tight end Geoff Swaim, wide receivers Davion Davis and Kaden Davis, and long snapper Jack Coco. To round out the transactions, the team placed long snapper Matt Hembrough on injured reserve and released tight end Chris Pierce.

Swaim received a higher guarantee, per GOPHNX.com’s Howard Balzer, who notes (via Twitter) the base value ($1.7MM) and signing bonus ($450K) figures for the veteran tight end. Elflein’s contract checks just above the league minimum. The former Vikings, Jets and Panthers blocker signed a one-year, $1.15MM deal with just $25K fully guaranteed, Balzer tweets.

Elflein, 29, was a third-round pick by the Vikings back in 2017 and ended up spending three-plus seasons in Minnesota, starting 43 of his 44 regular season appearances. He had a brief half-year stint with the Jets before catching on with the Panthers via a three-year contract. During his two years in Carolina, the veteran was limited to only 15 starts while dealing with hamstring and hip injuries.

The Panthers cut Elflein back in March, and he’ll now join a Cardinals group that features Hjalte Froholdt as the starting center and Lecitus Smith and rookie Jon Gaines II as backups. Elflein’s ability to play guard could ultimately afford him a backup role in Arizona, but it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank. After finishing 37th among 39 qualifying centers on Pro Football Focus’ rankings in 2021, Elflein would have landed in the bottom-third of the position in 2022 had he earned enough snaps.

Swaim, 29, is an experienced addition to the tight ends room, having started 57 of his 86 games since entering the NFL in 2015. After playing as mostly a backup during his time with the Cowboys and Jaguars, Swaim emerged as a starter in Tennessee, starting 37 of his 43 appearances for the Titans over the past three years.

Following a 2021 campaign where he hauled in a career-high 31 receptions, Swaim was limited to only 12 catches for 58 yards in 2022. He’ll be joining a depth chart led by Zach Ertz and Trey McBride. According to Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com (on Twitter), the tight end will be signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals.

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/8/23

Here are Monday’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

  • Signed: WR Tyler Adams, WR Kody Case, T Matthew Vanderslice, DT Jamal Woods
  • Waived: WR Cody Chrest, CB Tyler Richardson, RB Titus Swen, WR Braxton Westfield

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Hatcher and Moultrie join cornerback William Hooper in landing Packers deals after the team’s rookie minicamp. Despite the Packers cutting Coco, Hatcher still has competition to become Green Bay’s long snapper. Matt Orzech, who spent the past two years as the Rams’ deep snapper, remains the favorite for the Packer gig after receiving a $300K signing bonus this offseason, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com tweets. Orzech had been on Green Bay’s radar for years; the team tried to claim him off waivers in 2021.

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/18/22

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

New Orleans Saints

Washington Commanders

  • Waived (failed physical): T Drew Himmelman