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James Conner Signs One-Year Deal With Arizona Cardinals

Elisha Twerski
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The Arizona Cardinals continue to add veteran free agents to their Kyler Murray-led team. Arizona picked up former Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner and signed him to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Conner flew to Arizona for a meeting with the team on Monday. Just a day later, the deal was done. The 25-year-old had a disappointing 2020 season, playing in just 13 games while rushing for 721 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground.

Pittsburgh threw the ball more than any other team, so Conners' carries were often limited even when healthy. Conner will again play under James Saxon, who worked as the Steelers' RB coach from 2014-2018. Conner had the best season of his career in 2018 when he ran for nearly 1,000 yards, had almost 500 yards receiving and scored 13 total touchdowns.

The Cardinals' backfield will be a little bit crowded between Conner and Chase Edmonds. Edmonds will likely remain the primary pass-catching back while Conner handles early-down touches and goal-line carries.

Despite making moves like this as well as signing J.J. Watt and A.J. Green, the Cards are still the underdog to win their division. The Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks all have better odds to take the NFC West than Arizona (+550).

FanDuel Sportsbook also has the Cardinals at +1800 to win the NFC and +4000 to be next year's Super Bowl winners.

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