Cardinals sign CFL pass rusher Tristan Okpalaugo

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Late last week, we had a post about defensive end/linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo visiting several NFL teams while looking to make the jump back to the United States after spending the last two seasons playing for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL.

Those efforts have worked out. The Cardinals hosted Okpalaugo for a visit on Friday and later announced that they have signed him to a one-year deal.

Okpalaugo had brief stints with the Dolphins, Vikings and Cowboys after leaving Fresno State, but has never played in a regular season game in the NFL. He had 23 sacks in 31 games for Toronto, however, and that kind of production is enough to get you a look in a league that always prizes pass rushers.

The Cardinals are putting particular emphasis on improving that part of their team this offseason. Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks after signing with the team in October, but is headed for free agency. There are high hopes for Markus Golden in his second season, but little else to bank on heading into 2016.