Cardinals sign linebacket Will Davis to 3-year contract

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TEMPE - The following is a press release from the Arizona Cardinals:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed 2009 sixth-round selection (204th overall) Illinois outside linebacker Will Davis to a three-year contract. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Davis (6-2, 261) played in all 12 games as a senior in 2008 and recorded 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and blocked a kick as a defensive end. He began his college career as a wide receiver and tight end before converting to the defensive side of the ball in 2006.

The Greenbelt, MD finished his collegiate career by appearing in 37 games with 95 tackles, 15 sacks and four forced fumbles. He had his best season in 2007 as a junior when he had 41 tackles and 9.5 sacks and was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Davis becomes the fourth member of Arizona's 2009 draft class to agree to contract terms after the team previously signed LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson (fifth-round, 167th overall), Pittsburgh running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (seventh-round, 240nd overall), and Cincinnati guard Trevor Canfield (seventh-round, 254th overall).

In addition, the Cardinals have released punter Waylon Prather. Prather signed with the team as a free agent on February 4.