Cardinals sign WR Nathan Slaughter from vets combine

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By Barry Wilner, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -- The NFL's experiment with a veterans combine has worked immediately for at least one player.

Wide receiver Nathan Slaughter is the first success story from Sunday's session, signing with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. Slaughter ran an unofficial 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest time.

"We liked what he showed yesterday," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "He's fast, explosive and really caught our attention with his 40 time. We thought that his style fits well with what we like to do offensively, and were intrigued enough to add him to our roster to compete."

Slaughter, 22, also could find a role on special teams.

Slaughter played four seasons at Division II West Texas A&M, where he caught 74 passes for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with three kickoff return TDs.

He signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent last year, but was cut in May. He caught on with Jacksonville in training camp, then was waived injured on Aug. 6.

The veterans combine was designed to give such players another opportunity to show their skills. Clearly, in Slaughter's case, it worked.

"Nathan took full advantage of the opportunity afforded to him by the veterans combine," said Matt Birk, the league's director of football development. "We know there are some free agents out there who only need a look in order to catch our teams' eyes. This is exactly why the event exists."