Monday’s transactions: Cardinals add veteran safety Shawn Williams – NFL.com

The Arizona Cardinals continue to load up on veterans this offseason.

Arizona announced Monday it agreed to terms with longtime Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams on a one-year deal.

Williams, 29, had spent the entirety of his eight-year career in Cincinnati before hitting free agency this offseason. Drafted 84th overall in 2013, Williams played in 119 regular-season games, starting 61, for the Bengals.

After back-to-back 110-plus-tackle seasons in 2018 and 2019, Williams’ role decreased in 2020. The safety logged 16 tackles in 13 games played, none of which he started. Williams also served a one-game suspension for stepping on Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Solomon Kindley.

While Cincy remakes its secondary again, Williams will join a revamped Arizona defense, which signed defensive end J.J. Watt and cornerback Malcolm Butler earlier this month. The Cardinals also added Williams’ ex-Bengals teammate A.J. Green and Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson on the offensive side of the ball.

Williams is slated to pair with All-Pro free safety Budda Baker in the defensive backfield, while Butler, Robert Alford and Byron Murphy man the corners. Arizona safety and special-teamer Chris Banjo also agreed to terms on a one-year deal to return to the club.

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