Cardinals put OT Gilbert on IR, ink veteran Mills – ESPN

Cardinals put OT Gilbert on IR, ink veteran Mills - ESPN
Report: Arizona Cardinals to sign free agent OT Jordan Mills
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent offensive lineman Jordan Mills, the team announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Mills, who has 82 starts to his name over six years in the NFL, was one of multiple offensive linemen the Cardinals worked out on Monday.

The knee injury Gilbert suffered at practice last Thursday was serious, enough so that the Cardinals put him on injured reserve Tuesday. The team has not announced specifics of the injury – in theory, Gilbert is eligible to return from IR, but the NFL Network reported that it was a torn ACL, which would definitely end Gilberts season – and in the meantime, the Cards signed the veteran Mills to a one-year contract.

Arizona Cardinals sign Jordan Mills per report

Mills figures to help the Cardinals make up for the loss of starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who the Cardinals placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Gilbert will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Mills had started every game for the Bills the past three seasons before landing with the Dolphins this offseason as a free agent, but he was released after struggling through the preseason. A 2013 fifth-round pick of the Bears, Mills was also with the Cowboys and Lions before finding a home in Buffalo. He has made 82 career starts.

A former fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2013, Mills has been on five NFL teams. Mills started at right tackle as a rookie for the Bears in 2013 and an additional 13 games in 2014.

Gilbert, who is scheduled to be a free agent after the season, was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh this offseason. The Cardinals gave up a 2019 sixth-round pick. Itll be the third straight season Gilbert wont have played double-digit games; he played only five in 2018 and seven in 2017 because of injuries.

According to Ian Rapoport the Arizona Cardinals are signing veteran right tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year contract.

Photo by Al Tielemans/AP The Cardinals have signed offensive tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year contract. The Cardinals wont have Marcus Gilbert the rest of the season, and they are hoping that Jordan Mills can help fill the void at right tackle.

Free agent OT Jordan Mills is signing with the #AZCardinals, source said, on a 1-year, $1.25M deal. He started for the #Bills for years.

Since 2016, Mills has led the Buffalo Bills in total pressures allowed and has posted the lowest pass-blocking grade among the teams qualifying offensive lineman. The ceiling hasnt been very high for Mills thus far in his career, only earning a game grade above 80.0 just once since entering the league in 2013 (Week 13 vs. DAL, 83.9). However, Mills strengths have changed since coming to Buffalo from Chicago. After earning a higher run-blocking grade than pass-blocking grade each of the two seasons in the windy city, Mills has improved his pass blocking while his run blocking has taken a dip. His 47.7 run-blocking grade in 2018 ranked 77th out of 85 qualifying tackles.

Needless to say, Mills salary doesnt require he start, so he may simply be a veteran backup for incumbent starter Justin Murray, who played not awful in his first NFL action.

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