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Now a Cardinal.



The Arizona Cardinals are giving their beleaguered offensive line unit a much needed shot in the arm.

Former New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh signed a five-year deal worth just over $45 million on Saturday, sources informed of the contract told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Pugh, 27, was considered one of the top offensive linemen on the market this offseason and was ranked No. 19 in NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents of 2018. Pugh's agreement, which follows the Cardinals' signing of offensive tackle Andre Smith, bolsters a struggling offensive line unit that didn't provide Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton much protection last season.

The only question that remains is Pugh's health. A back injury sidelined him for the final four games of the 2017 season, but he was given the green light to resume all football activities just last week after an MRI revealed no structural damage.

If Pugh can continue to play at a high level, it could help the Cardinals' new quarterback corps of Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon remain healthy. Bradford's history of knee problems all but demand that he play behind of the league's better offensive line units to remain effective. Pugh's signing should go a long way in helping the Cardinals improve in pass and run protection.






From the comments section:




Will Drucker ·
Love the signings of Pugh and Smith...but truth be told....gonna need a fortress to protect Broken Knees Bradford....and g forbid if they have to turn to Glennon to save the season....better off keeping Stanton and Gabbert
Quality player when healthy, gives cards lots of versatility and a solid lockerroom guy. Sad to seem him go but he deserves to get paid. Good luck big guy.
He couldn’t keep Manning off the turf or help establish a run game. How desperate do you have to be to give an average guard such a contract? Sammy Sleeves is going to be in a body cast by week 5


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Joe Biedron is dead on some Giants fans loved him and I never understood why


Justin Pugh was never the problem with the offensive line. Everywhere they plugged him in along the offensive line, he got the job done.

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