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Free agent S Griffith signs with Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. (March 8, 2005) -- Safety Robert Griffith agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, their fourth free-agent acquisition.

The team also signed offensive tackle Oliver Ross (Steelers), quarterback Kurt Warner (Giants) and defensive end Chike Okeafor (Seahawks).

"We're making some major changes this winter and, I mean, who's surprised by that?" coach Dennis Green said. "You think I could stand another year like last year? There's just no way."

Griffith left the Cleveland Browns to rejoin Green, who brought him into the NFL in 1994 with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie out of San Diego State.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Griffith had a strong season with Cleveland, making a career-high 157 tackles, including 93 solos, eight tackles-for-loss, one interception and one sack.

He led the team in tackles in 10 of 16 games.

Griffith, 34, joined the Browns in 2002 as a free agent after eight years with the Vikings.

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