Arizona Cardinals’ Jeff Gladney reportedly dead

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One of the newest Arizona Cardinals has reportedly died before ever suiting up.

Jeff Gladney, one of the free-agent signings the Arizona Cardinals made over the offseason, has reportedly passed away at the age of 25. It has not been confirmed yet, but A tweet from Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor was the first to put the news out there.

Fellow Arizona Cardinals teammate Eno Benjamin also tweeted about Gladney’s passing. The cause of death is unknown at this time, and once it is released this article will be updated.

Gladney was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings (31st overall) in the 2020 draft. Gladney only one season in Minnesota before being waived right before the start of the 2021 season.

Gladney had 81 total tackles, three passes defended, one forced fumble, and seven tackles for loss.

UPDATE 2:42 PM EST: Gladney’s agent confirmed the news today that Mr.Gladney died overnight in a Card accident in the Dallas area.

Arizona Cardinals’ Jeff Gladney has reportedly died at the age of 25

For the Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, and all those who were close to Gladney, this is a brutal blow. Gladney was set to become what most likely was a starting cornerback for the Cardinals as the position group changed once more.

Gladney’s talent as a first-round pick was one of the things Arizona Cardinals fans were looking forward to seeing in Glendale on Sundays. Rest easy, Mr. Gladney.

This is a live article and will be updated as more details emerge on Gladney’s passing.