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Mendenhall signs deal with Cardinals

March 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM

PHOENIX, March 13 (UPI) -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Wednesday.

Mendenhall, a former Steelers first-round pick, is coming off an injury-plagued 2012 season in which he picked up just 182 yards.

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But in the three prior years he averaged 1,103 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns per season for Pittsburgh.

"Obviously, I know Rashard well from our time in Pittsburgh and I hold him in very, very high regard," Cardinals head coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said.

"As a running back he's the total package. He's a big, strong, every-down back with speed who can pass block and also catch the ball."

The Cardinals also announced they had signed cornerback Jerraud Powers, quarterback Drew Stanton, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and safety Yeremiah Bell to contracts.

Stanton, who played at Indianapolis last season after five years with the Detroit Lions, joins Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Lindley in the quarterback mix at Arizona.

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