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Cards bring back Chris Clemons, and a guy from Australia

LAS VEGAS - JULY 04:  Former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay performs at the Red, White & Boom Independence Day festival at Desert Breeze Park July 4, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cardinals will go to great lengths to add depth to their secondary, reaching both sides of the world with Tuesday’s signings.

Via Darren Urban of the team’s official website, the Cardinals signed veteran safety Chris Clemons and Australian import Joel Wilkinson.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Wilkinson is an Australian Rules Football player who is going to get a shot to play cornerback. He follows former 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne from down under to the NFC West. Hayne finished the year on the 49ers practice squad.

The 24-year-old Wilkinson played for the Gold Coast Suns and the Northern Blues, which proves that we’re way ahead of our friends in Australia when it comes to team nicknames.

The Cardinals have brought in Australian imports before, with punter Ben Graham playing during their recent Super Bowl run.

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15 Responses to “Cards bring back Chris Clemons, and a guy from Australia”
  1. RegisHawk says: Feb 16, 2016 1:19 PM

    Now they have Red Bryant and Chris Clemons…it’s Seahawks South.

  2. tyler4richardson says: Feb 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    Rugby players are sure as hell tough enough and athletic enough to make it in the NFL……. But if you are going to play a position like Hayne, then you better learn how to hold onto the damn ball. Letting go of the ball is okay in rugby but not in the NFL. Mr Hayne found that out real quick.

  3. billsfantx says: Feb 16, 2016 1:24 PM

    “Who Can It Be Now?” – Men at Work

  4. jjackwagon says: Feb 16, 2016 1:30 PM

    The way they lost the NFCCG was almost as embarrassing as the Broncos loss in SB 48.

  5. fthrvic says: Feb 16, 2016 1:50 PM

    Also had New Zealander Paul Lasike in camp last year. Ended up with the Bears after preseason was over.

  6. touchdownelvis says: Feb 16, 2016 2:01 PM

    tyler4richardson says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    Rugby players are sure as hell tough enough and athletic enough to make it in the NFL……. But if you are going to play a position like Hayne, then you better learn how to hold onto the damn ball. Letting go of the ball is okay in rugby but not in the NFL. Mr Hayne found that out real quick.

    Except this guy isn’t even a “rugby” player, let alone a rugby league player like Jarryd Hayne was. He played Australian Rules football, which is very different, and far more kicking-oriented than either rugby or rugby league. And, for the record, the rugby codes have far more emphasis on ball-in-hand security than Australian Rules does, which won’t really matter too much if this guy is trying to play cornerback.

    Also, Jarryd Hayne quit to chase his dream when he was pretty much the best player in his sport. This guy is looking for an alternative, having washed out of the main Australian Rules league. Maybe he’ll be good? At least he’s younger than Hayne. But I wouldn’t go anointing him just yet, put it that way.

  7. jakeplummersghost says: Feb 16, 2016 2:03 PM

    RegisHawk says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:19 PM

    Now they have Red Bryant and Chris Clemons…it’s Seahawks South.
    ——————————-
    It’s not even the Chris Clemons that played for Seattle. he doesn’t play the same position, either.

    Seahawks fans a little desperate to stake a claim in the up and coming team in the division, I see.

    2015 NFC West Champs

  8. RegisHawk says: Feb 16, 2016 2:10 PM

    LOL…the Voice of the 2s.

  9. mustangqb9 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:45 PM

    Jarryd Hayne finished the season on the active roster, after being signed to the 53 man team and starting week 16 against Detroit.

  10. sactogary says: Feb 16, 2016 2:50 PM

    …Wilkinson played for the Gold Coast Suns and the Northern Blues, which proves that we’re way ahead of our friends in Australia when it comes to team nicknames.

    I guess “we” are ahead of the NBA (Suns) and the NHL (Blues) too!

  11. granadafan says: Feb 16, 2016 3:14 PM

    Cornerback takes a special skill with years of practice for technique. This Aussie Rules player must be one hell of an athlete to try his hand at cornerback. In addition to trying to cover equally very athletic guys, they have to know how to strip the ball and be ball hawks.

  12. arktikman says: Feb 16, 2016 3:18 PM

    Well at least they weren’t the Gold Coast Roughriders and the Northern Roughriders.

    CFL fans will know what I am talking about.

  13. akaodoyle says: Feb 16, 2016 3:22 PM

    I hope that photo is not of Joel Wilkinson. If it is, that is a very bad signing.

  14. insertdumbname says: Feb 16, 2016 3:39 PM

    My first thought was “is that Colin Hay?”

  15. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 16, 2016 5:39 PM

    Yeah, because the Phoenix Suns and St Louis Blues are terrible team names.

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