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NFC West news: Cardinals bring back Chris Johnson, Rams pick up Dan Orlovsky

Baltimore Ravens v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Seattle’s NFC West rivals have spruced up the final boring days before training camp and preseason begin by making a couple of signings. Nothing too exciting, but nevertheless notable.

The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed running back Chris Johnson to his third one-year contract. Johnson suffered a groin injury in 2016, ending his season after just four games. In 2015, the former 2,000-yard rusher was on his way to another 1,000+ yard season, only to suffer a broken tibia in November. The 32-year-old is just 463 yards away from 10,000 for his career.

Arizona’s depth behind David Johnson isn’t particularly impressive, with Kerwynn Williams and fifth-round rookie T.J. Logan as the primary backups, while Andre Ellington is supposedly moving to wide receiver.

Considering his age and very recent injury history, it’s not really a guarantee Chris makes the roster, but we’ll see how much he has left in the tank when he suits up in preseason.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams have signed Dan Orlovsky, also to a one-year deal. The career backup is best known for two stints with the Detroit Lions, and we might as well just cut to the chase and show this embarrassing safety during the 0-16 season.

Orlovsky’s last start was in 2011, when he was with the eventual 2-14 Indianapolis Colts. His knack for getting extended playing time on historically bad teams is really special.

Jared Goff is the presumptive Rams starter, with Sean Mannion as the backup, so Orlovsky figures to be the #3 option. Somehow he’s been in the league for 12 years and I had to double-check multiple sites to make sure that’s true.