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Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. Signs with Arizona Cardinals

March 15th, 2014 at 5:38 AM
By Steve Smith

'Cardinals coming at me' photo (c) 2013, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
There is more speed in the desert now.

The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. to a three-year pact, the team has announced.

Ginn, Jr. was signed primarily to give Carolina's return game a boost last season, but he wound up being a much-needed deep threat at wide receiver.

The Red Birds were looking for a speedy wide receiver and a return man in free agency, and they got both in Ted Ginn Jr., He had five touchdown catches, four for 25 yards or more. One was a 25-yard game-winner in a Monday night game against the New England Patriots. He'll help Arizona's special teams immensely.

The Ohio State University had 36 catches for 556 yards, his best year as a receiver since he caught 56 passes for 790 yards in 2008. His 47-yard touchdown catch in Week 3 against the New York Giants was the second longest of his career, besting the 53-yarder he had in 2009 against the New York Jets.

Ginn, Jr. departed the San Francisco 49ers after the 2012 campaign in which he had only two receptions to sign a one-year deal with Carolina. He led the team in kickoff returns with an average of 23.8 yards and in punt returns at 12.2 yards.

In other news, the Cardinals also announced they have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with linebacker Matt Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy played in all 16 games with the Red Birds last season, recording 62 tackles.

So far, so good for the Cards. They've been active in free agency so far and that should pay dividends in 2014.

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