Cardinals re-sign S Chris Clemons; sign former Australian rules player Joel Wilkinson

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BY: ED COLE

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals made a few moves on Tuesday to tighten things up in their secondary, with the re-signing of safety Chris Clemons to a one-year contract, along with the signing of cornerback Joel Wilkinson.

Clemons (6-1, 215) played in seven regular season games and both playoff games for the Cardinals this past season, and had four tackles on defense and three special teams tackles. Clemons joined Arizona in 2014 and played in one game that season.

A seven-year veteran, Clemons originally came into the league with the Miami Dolphins as a fifth-round selection (165th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Clemson. Clemons played his first five seasons with the Dolphins, and appeared in 72 games with 48 starts and had 256 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 22 special teams tackles.

Wilkinson (6-0, 190) is a former Australian rules football player who was born in Sydney and raised in Gold Coast, Queensland. He played three years (2011-13) with his hometown Gold Coast Suns in the Australian Football League (AFL), and appeared in 26 games. Wilkinson also played two years (2014-15) with the Northern Blues in the Victorian Football League (VFL) where he appeared in 27 games.