While one former Pittsburgh Steeler did not sign with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday another did
So, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t sign Mike Mitchell. They did however sign one other player formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linebacker Arthur Moats signed a one-year deal with the team on Wednesday.
Not much had been known about Moats here other than he had played with the Steelers. That was all fans could see when the signing was announced. Of course the Cardinals have been known to grab a former Steeler or two in the past.
Moats is a linebacker who spent the last four seasons with the Steelers. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2010. He spent four seasons with them.
Word is Moats is a good special teams player. The Cardinals should get their hands on as many good special teams players they can. That hasn’t been an area they’ve been particularly great at in recent seasons.
Moats is clearly a backup being brought in for depth reasons. He played in 14 games last season with Pittsburgh but did not start any of them.
He started 25 of the 48 regular season games for the Steelers over the three seasons prior to 2017. He turned 30 years old back in March.
His best season was two years ago in Pittsburgh. He had 35 tackles, four of them were sacks. Last season he had just eight tackles.
Whether he sticks with the Cardinals after training camp is too early to tell. However if he stays healthy and can provide a spark on special teams as promised, then he could find a spot on the final 53 man roster.
For now, most are focused on the fact he is coming from Pittsburgh, where many of come from before and not made it in Arizona. Each player should be recognized for their individual talent rather than judged on where he last played.
That being said, the move continues to show the Cardinals are constantly trying to improve the roster as best as they can. They aren’t likely done yet as training camp opens on Friday.