Cardinals Promote LB Zaviar Gooden, Place LB Gabe Martin On I.R.

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that they’ve promoted LB Zaviar Golden to their active roster and placed LB Gabe Martin on injured reserve.

Gooden, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Titans back in 2013. He had two years remaining on his four-year, $2.681 million rookie contract that included a $506,016 signing bonus. He was set to make a base salary of $590,000 for the 2015 season.

Gooden, unfortunately, sustained a torn hamstring last August that led to him being placed on injured reserve at the start of the season. The Lions brought him back shortly after this year’s draft only to cut him loose coming out of the preseason.

He was on and off of the Lions’ practice squad before he was waived a month ago and later signed to the Cardinals’ practice squad.

In 2016, Gooden has appeared in one game and recorded three tackles and no sacks.

Martin, 24, wound up signing on with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Bowling Green back in May of last year. He was unfortunately waived coming out of the preseason and later signed to the team’s practice squad last September.

Arizona called him up towards the end of the regular season.

In 2016, Martin appeared in eight games and recorded four tackles and a fumble recovery for the Cardinals.

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