Cardinals sign TE Darren Fells and CB Shaun Prater


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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Moves continue to be made within the Cardinals organization, which the team hopes will be for the better.

On Monday, the team re-signed exclusive rights free agent tight end Darren Fells to a one-year contract. In addition to Fells’ signing, the Cardinals also signed cornerback Shaun Prater to a future contract for the 2016 season.

Fells (6-7, 281) had quite a season for Arizona in 2015. He played in 14 games (12 starts), and set career highs in catches (21), receiving yards (311; 14.8 yard avg.) and touchdowns (three). Fells also had four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in the postseason.

Fells originally signed on with the Cardinals in 2013, and spent his rookie season on the practice squad, before playing in 10 games (five starts) in 2014. For his career, Fells has played in 24 regular season games (17 starts), and has 26 catches for 382 yards (14.7 yard avg.) and three touchdowns.

Prater (5-10, 190) played in one game with the Minnesota Vikings and one game with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, while also spending a week on the active roster of the Denver Broncos. A four-year NFL veteran, Prater’s played in 21 career games (three starts), and has six tackles, one interception and five special teams tackles. Prater came into the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals as a fifth-round selection (156th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Iowa. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve. In 2013, Prater played in nine games with the Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles before playing in 10 games with Minnesota in 2014.