Cardinals Reach One-Year Deal With Alan Faneca

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent guard Alan Faneca has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

According to Schefter, the entire contract is guaranteed.

A first-round pick (26th overall) out of LSU by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998, Faneca has started 185 of his 190 games in the NFL. A nine-time Pro Bowler (2001-09) and six-time first-team All-Pro, including after the 2009 season, Faneca was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s on January 31, 2010.

Faneca (6-5, 307) signed a five-year, $40 million dollar contract with the New York Jets after the 2007 season. Including the three post-season games last season, Faneca started all 35 games the Jets played over the last two seasons.

Faneca was released by the Jets on Monday, receiving $5.25 million dollars of the $7.5 million dollar 2010 base salary he was supposed to earn this season. Combined with his new deal with the Cardinals, Faneca will bank $7.75 million dollars in total compensation this season.

By signing with the Cardinals, Faneca reunites with Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals' head coach and former Steelers' offensive coordinator, as well as his former offensive line coach, Russ Grimm. Faneca can be expected to supplant Reggie Wells as the starting left guard.

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