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Cardinals sign 3 free agents to 1-year deals

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 13:44:23-04

A trio of Arizona Cardinals free agents will be returning to the team next season.

Safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger, along with wide receiver Jaron Brown, were all re-signed to one-year tenders, the Cardinals announced. All three men were restricted free agents.

Jefferson, who joined the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013, had a breakout season in 2015. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder set career highs in tackles (75), forced fumbles (three) and interceptions (two).

Swearinger played in four games for the Cardinals last season and saw an increased role after Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu suffered a season-ending ACL injury late in the year. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Swearinger had eight tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery after he was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in early December.

Like Jefferson, Brown joined the Cards as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and appeared in all 16 Cardinals regular-season games in 2015. He had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown last season.