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Former Alabama OG Evan Mathis signs with the Arizona Cardinals

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After winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, offensive guard Evan Mathis will return to the NFC.

The former Alabama standout and free agent signed a one-year, $6 million contract with Arizona Wednesday, per James Brady of SB Nation and NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

Mathis, 34, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2013-14) and three-time All-Pro guard via Pro Football Focus (2011-13).

He guided Broncos’ running back C.J. Anderson to 90 yards and a touchdown in Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 back on Feb. 7.

With Jonathan Cooper gone to the New England Patriots, Arizona needed to fill a spot on the right side of its offensive line. Mathis brings a hard-nosed style in the ground attack and serves a good pass protector. He will have a cluster of backs running behind him, including second-year player David Johnson. He totaled 581 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 125 attempts in 2015.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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