Arizona Cardinals’ Dennis Gardeck: ‘I’m Able to Breathe’

Dennis Gardeck was an unknown and unheralded undrafted free agent when he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals from the University of Sioux Falls in 2018.

Who would have thought that four years later, Gardeck would be a core special-teams player in Arizona and sign a three-year contract this week as an unrestricted free agent?

Despite suffering a torn ACL late in the 2020 season, the Cardinals had enough faith in Gardeck’s ability and work ethic to tender him at a second-round draft pick level with a salary of $3.384 million last year. His new three-year deal is worth $10 million and includes $3.75 million fully guaranteed, $2 million of which is a signing bonus.


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