While the Arizona Cardinals have lost several marquee players in free agency, the team has been…
Cardinals to Host Steelers Defensive End
Nick Eason will turn 30 in May. He's 6-3, 305, a former Bronco and Browns defensive lineman who spent the last three seasons with the Steelers. In those three seasons he's gone from awful to effective, and always with total class as a person.
In 2007, Eason's first year as a DE in the Steelers' 3-4 alignment, he replaced the injured Aaron Smith and was part of the reason for the defense's collapse. But Eason worked at his craft and his understanding of the scheme, and when Smith went down in 2009 Eason was a much more effective part of the Steelers' line rotation.
Because of the age of the Steelers' defensive linemen, the team drafted defensive ends in the first and sixth rounds in 2009, and kept the sixth-rounder on the roster as a "redshirt." Well, those two rookies now allow Eason and Travis Kirschke to test the free-agent market. Ken Whisenhunt probably has heard from his old friends on the Steelers' staff that Eason is a plus in the locker room and a willing worker on the field.
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