The Arizona Cardinals have announced the signings of four players to contracts. The biggest name of the four is Jalen Parmele, a running back with five seasons of experience under his belt. The others were rookies including former Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier, Oklahoma tackle Cory Brandon and South Carolina cornerback Jimmy Legree.
Parmele has bounced around the league in his five seasons. He was drafted by Miami in the sixth round in 2008 and was a third-string running back who also returned kicks on a limited basis. Baltimore signed him late in 2008 from the Dolphins’ practice squad and he stuck around with the Ravens for two seasons.
He didn’t play in 2011 and signed with Jacksonville in 2012 before being put on injured reserve in November of that season. The Titans were his next stop in 2013 and he didn’t survive the final cuts there, staying unsigned for the season.
For his career, he has 187 rushing yards on 41 attempts with no touchdowns. He averaged 25.1 yards on 43 career kick returns with a career-best of 53 yards in 2009.
It’s going to be a tough roster to crack with Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, Johnathan Dwyer, Zach Bauman, and Robert Hughes all competing for spots. The fourth running back spot on the roster looks to be what Parmele is competing for since the first three seem to be wrapped up.