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Tommy Kelly latest in long line of ex-Raiders to join Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals have signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, the latest in a line of Oakland's sloppy seconds.

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On Wednesay the Cardinals announced they signed former Raiders and Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly to a one-year deal. Kelly is coming off a torn ACL last season. With Arizona's recently loss of Darnell Dockett to that same injury, they were in the market. Kelly was released by Oakland in 2013. He was one of the last remaining recipients of a grant from the Al Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund for Wayward Gentlemen.

Arizona has a history of signing former Raiders. They traded for Carson Palmer following the 2012 season and he has been his normal self as a noted member of the Rex Grossman "Screw It I'm Going Deep" Club. He has had a little more success as a Cardinal due to being able to throw to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. He fits very well into coach Bruce Arians' offensive game plan and also into the stat sheets of opposing defensive backs looking to pad their interception totals.

The Cardinals also signed tackle Jared Veldheer as a free agent this offseason to a five-year, $35 million contract. While Raider fans were sad to see him leave, he is probably worth a lot more to the Cardinals than he would be to Oakland due to every team in the NFC West having an incredible defensive line. The Cardinals have been looking to shore up their offensive line since the retirement of Dan Dierdorf. Best of luck to Jared, it's not his fault Carson Palmer loves throwing to everyone regardless of the color of their uniform.

In addition to these three former Raiders, the Cardinals also signed Matt Shaughnessy in 2013 and recently signed him to a new two-year deal after moving him to outside linebacker, where he started 12 games last season due to a rash of injuries in the linebacking corps. He provides quality depth to what has become one of the finest defenses in the NFL, featuring the aforementioned Dockett, Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Arizona has drafted exceptionally well in recent years, but is building a winning team partially on the backs of former Raiders.